According to Chief Rick Coleman of the Abbeville Police Department if you look back over the past few years there has been an increase in these types of activities soon after school lets out for the summer.
On Tuesday, Officer Colt Landry of the Abbeville Police Department responded to a call one block south of Charity street, near the police station to a home where the owner was gone for approximately an hour and a half only to come home and discover the house had been burglarized.
Monday saw 36 calls, 12 of which were car burglaries.
On Monday morning, officers of the Abbeville Police Department received complaints of several vehicles being burglarized on the north side of the city. Officers responded to the area of the reports and their investigation led to the arrest of three suspects in possession of many of the items stolen from the vehicles.
Officers arrested and booked Billy Comeaux, age 17, 1438 S. Louisiana St, Abbeville, for 11 counts of Burglary of a Vehicle. Also arrested was Trent Phillips, age 17, 1611 Fairmont St, Abbeville, for 12 counts of Burglary of a Vehicle. A third suspect who is a juvenile was also arrested and booked in this case. The investigation is ongoing and further charges may be filed.
Chief Coleman wishes to commend the officers working the burglaries for their quick response and apprehension of the suspects. Chief Coleman wants to especially commend SGT Bill Spearman who provided information that led to the quick resolution of this event. The first complaint call came into the department at 6:02 a.m. and all three suspects were in custody and the stolen items recovered by 10:30 a.m.
Chief Coleman said that approximately 90% of the stolen items were recovered and are being returned to their owners at this time.
“The Citizen and Law Enforcement working together makes our city a safer place and help reduce the amount of all types of criminal activity by striking fear into the heart of the criminal,” said Coleman.
The Abbeville Police Department and Chief Rick Coleman, encourage any and all citizens of Abbeville to contact the police department if they have concerns of illegal activity in their neighborhood. The number to call is 893-2511 or the TIPS line at 892-6777.
What to do to protect your home and property? If it is feasible, install an alarm system. If that not possible, then make sure to lock all doors and windows, install lights on the outside of the house to eliminate dark corners and keep your eyes open for suspicious activity or persons.
If you will be leaving for an extended period of time, have a neighbor, friend or family member pick up mail and newspapers and use a timer light inside the home that gives the semblance of occupation.