A Meraux man was arrested for entering a residence in his own neighborhood and stealing several items, including a vehicle, and also attempting to enter several other residences, St. Bernard Sheriff James Pohlmann said.
Deiontae Moore, 21, of the 3000 block of Fable Drive in Meraux, was booked Aug. 20 with simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling, several counts of attempted simple burglary of a residence, vehicular burglary and theft of an automobile.
Based on the information provided by residents of the Story Park neighborhood, and video surveillance footage, Sheriff Pohlmann said, detectives with the Criminal Investigations Bureau obtained a search warrant on Aug. 20 for Moore’s residence where they found evidence linking him to the crimes.
In the early morning hours of Aug. 14, Sheriff Pohlmann said, Moore was seen on video surveillance entering a home in the 3100 block of Fable Drive. Moore stole two laptops, an iPad and keys to a vehicle that he also stole.
Moore also was captured on video surveillance attempting to break into three homes in the 3200 block of Story Park Boulevard and two in the 3100 and 3200 blocks of Fable Drive.
Moore was transported to St. Bernard Parish Prison to be booked on the above charges. The investigation is ongoing and additional charges will be filed.
Sheriff Pohlmann said this case was solved quickly thanks to concerned residents in the area cooperating with detectives.
“Thanks to the residents’ desire to protect their neighborhood against crime, our detectives were able to quickly apprehend this suspect,” the Sheriff said.
This proves the importance of the “see something, say something” rule, the Sheriff said.
“If you witness someone suspicious in your neighborhood, or even someone you know doing something that seems out of the ordinary, we encourage you to report it to us,” the Sheriff said. “No matter how small, we need to check out all instances such as these to ensure the safety of our residents.”