Gramercy Man to Serve 10 Years Following Vehicle Burglary Investigation

          On March 25, 2019, Christopher Brooks of 234 S Plum St. Gramercy, LA., age 36, pled guilty to Simple Burglary and Attempted Simple Burglary. Brooks was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Adam Koenig, and presiding over this matter was the Honorable Judge Tess Stromberg. 

          On June 27, 2017, detectives with the St. James Parish Sheriff’s Office initiated an investigation into a vehicle burglary and an attempted vehicle burglary in a Paulina neighborhood. Detectives made contact with the homeowner s of a residence whose video surveillance system captured video of a male subject making entry into the vehicle parked in the driveway. The subject was clearly observed fumbling through the contents of the vehicle. Nothing was taken from the vehicle, and the suspect fled the area. Detectives made contact with a second homeowner who had surveillance video footage of a male subject attempting to make entry into a vehicle parked in the driveway, but was unsuccessful. Detectives were able to identify the male subject in both videos as Christopher Brooks who was known to detectives from previous encounters. Detectives obtained warrants of arrest for Brooks who was subsequently arrested and booked into the St. James Parish Detention Center.  

          Upon entering a guilty plea to the above-mentioned charges, sentencing was deferred to a later date pending a Pre-Sentence Investigation.  

          On August 26, 2019, Brooks appeared before Judge Stromberg for sentencing. Judge Stromberg ordered that Brooks be committed to the Louisiana Department of Corrections for a period of 10 years with credit for time served.