GONZALES — Ascension Parish sheriff’s deputies and the Louisiana State Fire Marshal’s Office are investigating why a car stolen from a neighborhood south of Gonzales was found burned this week behind the Mississippi River levee in Iberville Parish.
Sheriff’s deputies provided surveillance video Friday of a man walking into a nearby convenience they believe might have stolen the car and committed other vehicle burglaries.
The Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s in identifying the man seen in the video.
Deputies said in a statement Friday that several vehicles were burglarized and one stolen Tuesday from Lillie Valley Drive in the Gonzales area south of Interstate 10.
Deputies later found the surveillance video of the man in the stolen car and of him walking into a convenience store off La. 30 in St. Gabriel.
The stolen car was found early Tuesday morning behind the levee in St. Gabriel.
“We believe the fire was intentionally set,” State Fire Marshal H. “Butch” Browning said Friday. “Until we get lab results back, we can’t say specifically what mediums were used.”
He added that it appears the primary motive for burning the car was to conceal any evidence that may have been left in the car after it was stolen for an apparent joy ride or for temporary transportation.
Browning also suggested the possibility that more than one person may have been involved.
Those with information should call the State Marshal’s Office at (866) 946-1097 or the Sheriff’s Office at (225) 621-4636.
People can also text 847411 for the anonymous tip line from any cellular device, or call Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-STOP (7867), text CS225 plus your message to CRIMES (274637) or submit an anonymous tip online at crimestoppersbr.com.