The Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office reported another instance of a citizen detaining a burglar in the wake of a similar incident last week.
Jordan McCartney, 22, of 233 West 164th Street in Galliano is already facing a number of theft and burglary charges in an ongoing investigation. This was the second such incident in four days.
On July 4, 22-year-old Eric Carney was confronted while burglarizing a resident’s vehicle on East 2nd Street in Larose and was charged in multiple burglaries.
At around 5:30 a.m. on Monday, July 8, a resident of West Main Street in Galliano noticed his shed door was ajar, heard noises and saw a light inside. The resident retrieved a firearm and returned to his shed shouting for the intruder to come out, noting he had a gun.
The intruder, later identified as Jordan McCartney, then exited the shed. When deputies arrived they discovered McCartney had begun gathering tools (with a total value of over $1,000) in a container near the shed door, and had placed a few small items in his pockets.
McCartney was subsequently arrested and transported to the Lafourche Parish Detention Center in Thibodaux.
Detectives launched an investigation and learned McCartney was responsible for more than several instances of theft and burglary in the nearby area, including the streets of West 130th and West 131st.
In all, McCartney was charged with six counts of simple burglary, three counts of theft under $500, and one count of theft over $500, as well as attempted simple burglary and criminal trespassing. His bond has been set at $141,000 by Judge Walter Lanier III, but he is also being held for Louisiana Probation and Parole.
At 22 years old, McCartney’s prior criminal history already includes seven arrests for similar crimes, as well as drug possession.
“Our citizens are fed up with these lowlifes who use the cover of darkness to steal possessions from hard- working citizens,” said Sheriff Webre. “We hope thieves receive the inherent message here, and this type of activity comes to a halt. That said, we are certainly not encouraging citizens to put themselves in harm’s way, and we are further relieved that both incidents ended with deputies making an arrest rather than citizens taking the law into their own hands. We also want to remind residents to report any suspicious activity to our office immediately.”
Detectives have indicated the investigations into both McCartney and Carney are continuing, and additional similar charges could be forthcoming. Anyone with information on these subjects or on burglaries in the South Lafourche area, are asked contact Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office Detectives at (985) 532-4320.
Posted on Fri, July 12, 2013