St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office arrests Mississippi man for rash of car burglaries

Posted: February 3rd, 2020 | Filed under: Arrested, News Releases | Tags:

St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office arrests Mississippi man for rash of car burglaries

The St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office arrested a Mississippi man in connection with a rash of car burglaries that occurred recently in Chalmette, Sheriff James Pohlmann said.

Cody Cuevas, 24, a resident of Carriere, Mississippi who has been staying at an address in the 400 block of East St. Bernard Highway in Chalmette, was booked Jan. 17 with simple burglary and possession of stolen property in connection with nearly a dozen car burglaries in Chalmette.

On Jan. 17, shortly after 5 a.m., Sheriff Pohlmann said, deputies in the Field Operations Bureau responded to a call about multiple car burglaries on Fazzio Road and Culotta Street in Chalmette.

When deputies arrived on the scene, they were met with a victim who said he witnessed a white male take numerous items from his pickup truck while it was parked in his driveway. The victim also said he saw the suspect rummage through another vehicle nearby and then flee in a 2000’s model Chevy single cab pickup truck.

As deputies were speaking with the first victim, they received another call about additional vehicle burglaries on Pirate Drive and Colonel Drive in Chalmette.

During the course of the investigation, detectives with the Criminal Investigations Bureau were able to positively identify Cuevas through eyewitness accounts and video surveillance.

Detectives were able to locate Cuevas sitting in his Chevy pickup, parked in front of a business in the 3500 block of Paris Road in Chalmette. Several of the stolen items were seen in plain view inside of Cuevas’ vehicle. He was taken into custody without incident and transported to St. Bernard Parish Prison to be booked on the above charges.

Sheriff Pohlmann said some of the stolen items found in Cuevas’ possession were returned to their rightful owners, but there is still some unclaimed property.

Anyone who has had items stolen recently that are similar to those in the attached photographs can call Detective Jessie Gernados at (504) 278-7731 to inquire about the items.

Sheriff Pohlmann urges residents to keep their vehicles locked at all times in an effort to deter criminals from committing a “crime of opportunity.”

“This is why it’s very important to make sure your vehicles are locked at all times,” Sheriff Pohlmann said. “Locking your vehicle and not leaving items of value, especially guns, in plain sight can greatly reduce your chances of being a victim of theft.”