Two have been arrested in connection with multiple vehicle burglaries in St. Landry and Lafayette parishes.
The St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Office says that on August 23, they began investigating a vehicle burglary on Hwy 93 near the St. Landry and Lafayette parish line.
While on scene, deputies were approached by nine residents in the area of Mendell Road, Hwy 93, and Superior Road in reference to additional vehicle burglaries. Officials say that the victims had similar stories of burglaries involving their unlocked vehicles.
A total of ten victims reported the incidents with some being burglarized more than once during a two week span. The victims reported a total of approximately $13,500 in stolen items and cash.
During the course of the investigation, detectives say they identified 18-year-old Chase Mire of Lafayette and 20-year-old Jade Romero of Carenco as suspects involved in the burglaries.
In an interview with the suspects, deputies say they both admitted to 13 separate vehicles burglarized in a two week span with some of them being burglarized twice. According to the Sheriff's Office, of the 13 thirteen victims, ten wished to pursue charges.
It was discovered that Lafayette Parish detectives also had Jade Romero as a suspect involved in approximately 9 more vehicle burglaries occurring during the same dates in the Lafayette area.
Jade Romero and Chase Mier was charged with 14 counts of Simple Burglary and one count of Theft of a Firearm. Their bonds are set at $76,000.
Of the reported $13,500.00 in stolen items and cash, detectives say they were able to recover the stolen items but were unable to recover the cash that was stolen.
Additional charges from Lafayette Parish detectives are pending.