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Spike in vehicle burglaries and thefts in Breaux Bridge under investigation

Chief Rollie Cantu says person of interest is back in jail
Posted at 6:12 PM, Mar 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-03 19:27:07-05

A Breaux Bridge woman is one of the 7 victims of vehicle theft, where the car was taken for a joy ride a later returned.

"When the cops told me, I can go get my car I was so relieved because that's my family car. My kids drive with me, that's their car," said Breaux Bridge resident Misty Castille.

According to Breaux Bridge Police Chief Rollie Cantu, the department received nearly 20 burglaries reports along with 7 stolen vehicles from the last week of January to mid-February.

"They would just ride them, they wouldn't destroy them. They would just ride them around and drop them off nearby not too far from the area for us to find" said Chief Cantu.

The cars that were being targeted seemed to have the new "push start" system.

"Your keys could still be inside the house, and they can still start the car," said Chief Cantu.

As police continue to investigate they believe they know who is responsible, and say that man is back in jail due to unrelated charges.

"Now what we’re doing is using the DNA samples we got from the vehicles and letting the crime lab come back with results hoping it will be a match and we can charge him," said Chief Cantu.