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Breaux Bridge couple accused of vehicle theft, illegally operating used car lot

Posted at 5:46 PM, Mar 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-26 18:46:14-04

A Breaux Bridge couple was arrested Tuesday following an investigation into a stolen vehicle.

This morning, investigators with the St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s Office say they executed a search warrant at the residence of 39-year-old Cedrick Landry and  37-year-old Jessica Batiste in the 3400 block of Grandpoint Hwy in Breaux Bridge.

Cedrick Landry and Jessica Batiste / St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s Office

That warrant was in reference to an investigation regarding an October 4, 2018, stolen vehicle complaint.

Officials say that the couple transported the stolen vehicle to a local scrap yard on December 1, 2018, where the vehicle was salvaged after the contents and parts were removed.

Investigators also say they recovered a stolen 2018 UTV, which was previously reported stolen out of Avoyelles Parish, on January 03, 2019. They also alleged that the couple was operating a used car lot on their property, which they were not licensed to operate.

Landry and Batiste were arrested and charged as follows:

Cedrick Landry

  • 2 counts of Illegal Possession of Stolen Things, over $5,000.00 (Felony)
  • 1 count of Possession of a Firearm by a Person Convicted of Certain Felonies (Felony)
  • 1 count of Possession of Schedule I C.D.S. (Marijuana) (Misdemeanor)

Jessica Batiste

  • 1 count of Theft of a Motor Vehicle (Felony)

Both were booked into the St. Martin Parish Correctional Center. No bond has been set and the investigation remains ongoing.