NewsLocal NewsIn Your ParishCalcasieu Parish


3 arrests made in connection with burglary and damage at local high school

Posted at 11:03 AM, Aug 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-01 19:40:15-04

LAKE CHARLES — UPDATE: Three people have been arrested and one other is wanted in connection with a burglary and damage to a local high school.

Calcasieu Parish Deputies say that on July 22 they were dispatched to Barbe High School in Lake Charles in reference to a burglary. During the investigation detectives says they reviewed surveillance footage at the school and learned that on July 21 at around 5:00 a.m. several suspects broke into the baseball concession stand at the school and stole an iPhone.

The suspects allegedly then entered the school and spray painted several walls inside. The suspects then returned to the school on July 23 and wrote on desks and destroyed a Promethean Board. The suspects caused over $6,000 worth of damage, according to deputies.

Detective have identified the suspects as 18-year-old Seth R. Bordelon of Mamou, 20-year-old Thomas D. Berzas of Elton, 21-year-old Mitchell M. Hughes and a 17-year-old juvenile both of Lake Charles.

On July 29 the juvenile was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Parish Juvenile Detention Center. The following day, Bordelon was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center. He was released later the same day on a $10,000 bond.

On July 31, warrants for the arrest of Berzas in the amount of $13,000 and Hughes in the amount of $7,000 were issued. Mitchell Hughes turned himself in on Thursday according to deputies and will be arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.

Berzas is still wanted.

The juvenile, Bordelon and Berzas are charged and will be charged with simple burglary, 2 counts of simple criminal damage to property $1,000 to $50,000, theft less than $1,000, and unauthorized entry into a place of business.

Hughes, who deputies say was not responsible for the second incident that occurred at the school, will be charged with simple burglary; simple criminal damage to property $1,000 to $50,000; and theft less than $1,000.