Feb 13, 2010 - Quick reporting by a witness who saw suspicious activity has again led to a fast arrest of two men in a Chalmette burglary and, in a separate case, three men were booked with burglary after items found in a pawn shop led to them, one of whom returned to the shop while sheriff’s deputies were there, Chief Deputy Sheriff James Pohlmann said.
“Numerous arrests have been made in the last year because of witnesses calling the Sheriff’s Office in a timely manner to report something suspicious-looking in their neighborhood,’’ Pohlmann said. “Don’t hesitate to call 271-2501 if something doesn’t seem right, such as people you don’t know removing items from a house, putting them in a vehicle and driving away quickly. If it turns out there’s nothing to it, no one will be angry withy you. We will investigate all calls.’’
Robert Froeba, 40, 2613 Tara Lane, Violet, and David Maes, 18, 7 Cape Cod Court, Violet, were both booked the ni9ght of Feb. 5 with burglary of a dwelling and possession of stolen items after a witness reported suspicious activity by two men, Pohlmann said.
The arresting officers were patrol deputies under the command of Maj. Mark Poche,.
There had been a burglary on Despaux Drive and the men were stopped in a vehicle with items that were stolen, Pohlmann said. Property recovered was returned to the owner.
Froeba and Maes are being held in St. Bernard Parish Prison in lieu of bond set at $50,000 each.
In a separate case, three men, Chaz Mendoza, 22, of Slidell; Joshua Bordelon, 19, 800 West Genie St., Chalmette; and Shane Ruiz, 18, 2316 Gina Drive, St. Bernard community, were all booked Feb. 8 with burglary and possession of stolen property in a break-in on Jackson Boulevard, Pohlmann said.
Mendoza, who formerly lived at the residence that was burglarized, and the others are being held in Parish Prison in lieu of $50,000 bond each.
Some items stolen in the burglary were found in a pawn shop in Chalmette and had been pawned by Ruiz and Mendoza was with him, Pohlmann said.
While investigating sheriff’s deputies were in the pawn shop Mendoza came in and quickly ran out but was found hiding in the bathroom of a restaurant next door, Pohlmann said. Ruiz, arrested later, declined to make a statement but Mendoza and Bordelon, arrested shortly after Mendoz, implicated themselves as part of the burglary, Pohlmann said.