GONZALES — The last of three suspects who broke into a Pelican Point home twice in two days while the owners were away on vacation turned himself in Wednesday morning to law enforcement authorities.
Ascension Parish sheriff's deputies said in a statement that Rayquan Ransom, 19, and two others broke into the home on Royal Dunes Drive early Thursday morning and stole a safe with collectible coins, jewelry and a handgun.
Then they returned Friday night and stole electronics and two vehicles from the driveway of the home just outside the city of Gonzales and near the community of Burnside, deputies added.
Ransom, no address provided, surrendered Wednesday and was expected to be booked into Ascension Parish Prison on two counts each of simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling, felony theft and theft of a motor vehicle and a single count of theft of a firearm, deputies said.
Two other suspects, Timyrus Jenkins, 22, and James David, 17, have already been arrested, deputies said.
Sheriff's deputies began investigating the burglaries Saturday when Gonzales police officers reported they had found the safe belonging to the Royal Dunes home and the home showed signs of burglary while the homeowners were away.
Sheriff's deputies said they found video surveillance that show the trio dumping the safe Friday morning and also offered a shot of a license plate from the vehicle used to dump the safe.
Sheriff's detectives searched the home associated with that vehicle and found some of the stolen coins and a small amount of marijuana, deputies said.
A short while after that search, Jenkins, 42143 Conifer Drive, Gonzales, surrendered to authorities. He was booked on counts of simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling, possession of marijuana, theft of a firearm, and felony theft, deputies said. He was being held Wednesday with bail of $65,000, online jail records show.
David turned himself in on Tuesday and has been booked on similar counts. His bail had not been set as of midday Wednesday.
Deputies said they were able to find the stolen vehicles and electronics and the missing gun.