PRAIRIEVILLE — Two 18-year-olds and a juvenile arrested Tuesday in the burglary of a Prairieville business also are behind a string of other thefts in the area, said Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Tony Bacala.
An anonymous tip led detectives to Derek Hayes, 18, and a 16-year-old juvenile who were involved in a burglary Sunday of Searcher’s Supply and Outfitters in Prairieville, a repair and restoration shop for off-road vehicles, Bacala said in a news release.
Hayes and the juvenile told deputies a third person, Matthew Peters, 18, also was involved in the store burglary, Bacala said, and authorities arrested Peters.
Hayes and the juvenile also confessed to multiple thefts and burglaries throughout Ascension Parish and surrounding parishes, the chief deputy said.
Most of the property stolen from the Prairieville business has been recovered from various locations as well as from the home of Peters, the news release said.
Hayes and Peters were booked into the Ascension Parish Jail in Donaldsonville each on counts of simple burglary, simple criminal damage to property, criminal trespass, theft and contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile, according to the news release.
Bail was set at $67,036 for Hayes, of 37051 Longwood Ave., Prairieville, and he remains in custody. Bail has not yet been set for Peters, of 14455 Rue Des Chene, French Settlement.
The juvenile was booked into the Assumption Youth Detention Center in Napoleonville on counts of simple burglary, theft, criminal trespass and simple criminal damage to property.
The other thefts in the area that Hayes and the juvenile confessed to are being investigated and additional counts are pending, Bacala said.