Houma Man Pleads Guilty Following Burglary of St. James Parish Business

          On March 6, 2018, Jewann Baptiste of 504 Lincoln St. Houma, LA., age 23, pled guilty to Simple Burglary. Baptiste was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Adam Koenig, and presiding over this matter was the Honorable Judge Thomas Kliebert. This guilty plea was the result of a plea agreement with prosecutors following a 2017 burglary investigation. 

          On May 8, 2017, deputies with the St. James Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a reported burglary at the Wag-A-Pak convenience store located in Vacherie. During the course of the investigation, detectives learned based on video surveillance footage that two male subjects walked up to the store carrying a cinder block. Surveillance video shows the subjects throw the cinder block through one of the doors and making entry. Upon making entry into the store, the suspects were able to get away with a quantity of U.S. currency and several packs of cigarettes. Detectives identified Baptiste as one of the suspects in the surveillance video footage and learned that he had been living out of a Thibodaux hotel. Detectives applied for and was granted a warrant of arrest for Baptiste. Detectives traveled to Thibodaux and with assistance from the Thibodaux Police Department, a search warrant was executed at the hotel room in which Baptiste was staying. As deputies knocked on the door of the hotel room, Baptiste answered the door and was arrested on the warrant. During a search of the hotel room and a vehicle believed to be used by Baptiste, detectives located items consistent with the items reportedly taken during the burglary along with miscellaneous clothing items worn by Baptiste during the burglary. Baptiste was subsequently booked into the St. James Parish Jail.  

          Upon entering a guilty plea to the above-mentioned charges, as per the plea agreement with prosecutors, Baptiste was sentenced to 5 years with the Louisiana Department of Corrections with credit for time served.