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IPSO implements surveillance program to deter "smash and grab" burglaries

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Iberia deputies have started a new surveillance operation after an increase of "smash and grab" burglaries in the parish. 

According to a release, the operation will place deputies inside of local convenience stores after hours. These deputies have volunteered to work during their off-duty hours and will be placed at different locations with store owners permission. 

The sheriff's office says that the operations began last week on Wednesday. 

On Saturday, January 20, 2017, shortly before 3:00 a.m., deputies arrested two juveniles who allegedly used a brick to smash in a window at the Food-N-Fun on Duperier Street. The two deputies who were stationed inside the store arrested the two who were allegedly attempting to put merchandise into their backpacks. 

In a press release, the sheriff's office says that to enhance the program, parents of juveniles involved in these burglaries will be held accountable for their children's actions and could face jail time. 

Sunday night deputies at another location observed two subjects trying to enter the store that they were inside of.  The two suspects fled the scene when a vehicle passed the location. 

Sheriff Louis Ackal has authorized the operation to continue at convenience stores and thrift stores due to the success of the program so far. The locations will vary along with the dates.

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