St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Office detectives have arrested their third and final suspect after an investigation into a rash of thefts that happened last year.

Lee Covington, St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Office

Between September and October of 2013 the Sheriff's Office were investigating several thefts and break-ins in Arnaudville, Leonville and Port Barre.

Lowell Gould, photo courtesy of St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Office

Two suspects, Lee Covington and Mickail Lowell Gould were charged in connection with the case last year; Covington was charged in October while Gould was charged in November.

This week, police arrested 22-year-old Justin Babineaux, for:

  • Simple burglary
  • Six count of felony theft (valued at $19,875.00)
  • Theft under $500

St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office Spokesperson Captain Megan Vizena said,

“All three of these arrests stem from their involvement in several thefts and break-ins in the Arnaudville, Leonville and Port Barre areas of St. Landry Parish. Some of the items taken were multiple 4-wheelers, dirt bikes, lawn mowers and other various outdoor equipment. All items were valued at over $20,000. These arrests were made possible by a tip that was received through St. Landry Crime Stoppers. The citizens in St. Landry Parish are our eyes and ears. We always follow every lead that we receive and in this case the tip was very valuable in helping solve these crimes. Most of the items have been recovered and detectives are working to return the recovered property to their rightful owners."