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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

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Larose man arrested for robbery in June now charged in residential burglary

Larose man arrested for robbery in June now charged in residential burglary

A Larose man arrested in June for robbing a convenience store now faces several more charges relating to a residential burglary. Blake Hernandez, 24, faces new charges of burglary, possession of stolen goods, and several counts of theft stemming from the incident.

On Wednesday, June 10, detectives began investigating a residential burglary where several items of value were stolen along with several credit cards. Through investigation, detectives discovered Hernandez had recently performed work at the residence in which he disconnected a surveillance system.

Detectives were unable to make contact with Hernandez at that time, but learned he was in possession of stolen property matching the description of some of the items taken in the residential burglary.

Meanwhile, as previously reported, detectives had also begun investigating a robbery at a convenience store on East Main Street in Larose that same day. Investigators developed Hernandez as the suspect in that case and obtained a warrant for his arrest for simple robbery.

On Friday, June 12, detectives located Hernandez and arrested him per the warrant. At that time, they also questioned him regarding the residential burglary, and Hernandez admitted to his involvement in that crime.
Through further investigation, detectives were able to determine Hernandez had also used the credit cards obtained in the burglary to make over $2,700 in purchases at various locations throughout Lafourche Parish. They also discovered he had obtained cash from a local pawnshop for a piece of jewelry stolen during the burglary.

Still in jail from the June 12 arrest, Hernandez was charged on Monday with simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling, three counts of unauthorized use of an access card (one felony count, two misdemeanors), theft less than $750, and illegal possession of stolen things. His previous bond of $50,000 set by Judge Walter I Lanier III has increased to $69,000 due to bonds on the new charges set by Judge F. Hugh Larose.

He remains incarcerated at the Lafourche Parish Detention Center in Thibodaux.