Nov 16, 2010 8:46 AM by Katie Durio
On November 10, 2010 the Opelousas Police Department's Special Operations Division was able to identify and confirm seven unreported vehicle burglaries that had been committed throughout the city as well as the parish. Investigators researching criminal activity throughout the city on the department's recently implemented web based crime reporting service, (www.crimereports.com) were able to identify a pattern and eventually identify a suspect by narrowing down what officers refer to as the suspect's comfort zone. Investigators picked up a suspect who when faced with what investigators had uncovered, confessed and lead investigators to several burglaries that had not been reported. Investigators were able to confirm the burglaries with the owners of the vehicles. The suspect also informed Investigators of burglaries committed just outside the city limits Opelousas. Investigators have confirmed all of the burglaries and are currently contacting the agencies to inform them of the findings. Investigators credit the findings to being able to get on the web based crime reporting system and identifying patterns. The service has two components, one of which is geared toward informing the public, and the other primarily used by law enforcement. Chief Gallow credits the find not only to the new technology, but also to good old fashion police work. My officers know their people and their community, that's what policing is all about getting to know the people you work for and getting to know who is committing the crimes in our community. I am proud of the officers as well as the community for supporting me. My commitment to the people is not something I take lightly; I will continue to serve Opelousas and to find ways to combat crime in order to make Opelousas the safest city around. As I have stated before I will not tolerate crime in our city and I will have officers relentlessly seeking out the people who commit them, and then I'll do my best as chief to see that they remain behind bars.
Arrested during the investigation was Laervin Thibodeaux 19, Jefferson Street, Opelousas, La.
and Nelson Chambers 18, Ledoux Circle Opelousas, La.
for Illegal Possession of Stolen Goods. Investigators have already identified at least two other suspects in connection with these crimes and are confident that there will be several more arrest besides these. Investigators were also able to recover most of the items stolen and are confident that they will recover more. I want the citizens to rest assure that my officers are on the job and we are aware that in these types of crimes it's not about what the criminal(s) are taking but the fact that they are violating people's sanctity of their homes and automobiles. If you have any information in reference to these types of crimes please feel free to contact me or any of my investigators.
Again Chief would like to thank everyone who has given information that has assisted his department with this and other investigations. Anyone with information about a crime is asked to contact the Opelousas Police Department at (337) 948-2500 or St. Landry Crime Stoppers at (337) 948-8477 all calls will be kept anonymous.