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Officer stops Eunice burglary, returns home to find valuables taken

Posted at 11:14 AM, Aug 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-14 19:16:33-04

An off-duty police officer was able to stop a burglary Tuesday night in Eunice before returning home to find his residence had been targeted by the same suspects.

Three Eunice teens were arrested on August 14, accused of breaking into the homes of two officers and taking guns, ammunition and other items. Chief Randy Fontenot says the teens burglarized a St. Landry Sheriff Deputy's home over the weekend and a Eunice police officer's home Tuesday.

On Tuesday night, Fontenot says the Deputy Chief was off-duty driving on Pearl Street when he noticed three suspects trying to break into a house. He attempted to stop the suspects who then fled on foot. Following a pursuit, all three suspects, who are between the ages of 15 and 17, were arrested.

After turning the investigation over to on-duty officers, Fontenot says the the Deputy Chief returned home to find his residence had been burglarized. Police were able to connect the three teens to the burglary of the Deputy Chief's home.

Chief Fontenot says they are still looking for a fourth suspect. All of the stolen weapons were recovered. A few items from the deputy's home, including some ammunition, have not been found.

An investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information on the burglary is asked to call St. Landry Crime Stoppers.