On December 12, 2016, Yolanda Lambert, age 42, of Prairieville, LA., pled guilty to two counts of Auto Burglary. Lambert was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Phil Maples, and presiding over this matter was the Honorable Judge Thomas Kliebert. This guilty plea was a result of a plea agreement with prosecutors following the burglaries of two vehicles parked on the property of Picou Builders on Airline Hwy in Gonzales.
On June 24, 2016, officers of the Gonzales Police Department were dispatched to Picou Builders on Airline Hwy in Gonzales regarding the burglaries of two vehicles parked in a fenced in area adjacent to Picou Builders. Officers viewed surveillance footage, and observed a female subject climb over the locked fence, and enter one of the parked vehicles. After briefly going through the items in the vehicle, the female entered a Picou Builder’s company vehicle and began going through the items in it. The subject then fled the area. Employees of the business were able to positively identify the subject as Yolanda Lambert. Shortly after, officers made contact with Lambert at her place of employment where she admitted to the burglaries. Lambert was then arrested and transported to the Ascension Parish Jail where she was booked.
Upon entering a guilty plea to the above charges, as per the plea agreement with prosecutors, Judge Kliebert ordered that Lambert be sentenced to 5 years with the Louisiana Department of Corrections with credit for time served on each count. The imposed sentences are to run concurrent with one another. It should be noted that at the time of this arrest, Lambert was on probation for Simple Burglary following a June 2015 burglary at the same location, Picou Builders.