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UPDATE: Two arrests in sheriff’s motor pool burglary; more coming

Posted at 8:03 PM, Mar 31, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-31 21:35:56-04

St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s deputies have arrested two New Iberia men in connection with last weekend’s burglary at the sheriff’s motor pool.

Moresi and Frederick
Courtesy Iberia Sheriff’s Office

David Moresi, 40, was booked on three failure to appear warrants and with felony Illegal possession of stolen property. Dustin Frederick, 35, was booked with felony Illegal possession of stolen property by the Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office, a release states.

The investigation began last Sunday, when deputies found the motor pool fence cut. A cargo trailer full of tools was missing. The trailer was found in a nearby field, but the tools were gone.

The Iberia Parish Sheriff’s detectives received some information about the stolen tools, and worked with the St. Mary deputies to execute a search warrant at a New Iberia home, the release states.

One of the suspects there, later identified as Moresi, fled on foot from detectives. Moresi was apprehended after a short foot pursuit, the release states. Detectives found the tools in the house. They also followed leads to another location, where more stolen property was recovered.

The release says that Moresi also is a suspect in the recent thefts of numerous ATVs between St. Mary and Iberia Parishes, and on Thursday detectives recovered one four-wheeler that was reported stolen from Sorrel.

According to the release, the investigation is ongoing and additional arrests are expected.

Here’s the original story:

The St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking for help in locating the person(s) responsible for cutting the fence and stealing a trailer at the St. Mary Parish Motorpool.

Sheriff’s Blaise Smith says that the incident occurred Saturday night at the St. Mary Parish Motorpool on Hwy 182 in Franklin.

The sheriff says a person or persons cut the fence to gain access to the yard where an enclosed trailer was then stolen. The trailer included miscellaneous tools that had been stolen from a citizen in a previous incident, according to a Facebook post.

The trailer was located by deputies in a rural area on Hwy 3211 on Sunday.

Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to call the St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office at 337-828-1960 or 985-384-1622.