Willowdale burglar sentenced for summer thefts

A man who faced charges of burglarizing several homes in Luling’s Willowdale subdivision during the summer has been sentenced to five years in prison.

Richard Bearden Jr., 35, of 5113 Evans Drive in Marrero, pleaded guilty to three counts of simple burglary as result of a plea bargain. He received credit for time served but his sentence was not suspended, thus he has begun serving its remainder. The court recommended Bearden undergo treatment for substance abuse disorder and that he be allowed to participate in any other programs deemed necessary while serving his sentence.

Richard Bearden Jr.

Bearden was arrested in Marrero July 1 following an investigation into several reports of burglarized sheds/garages in the Willowdale/Davis Pond area over several weeks in May and June.

St. Charles Parish Sheriff Greg Champagne reported via Facebook that much of the victims’ property was recovered from Bearden’s Marrero home and returned to their rightful owners.

According to a case report detailing the Luling burglaries, a number of items had been identified by their owners at a Harvey pawn shop, Bearden allegedly having pawned them days after they were stolen.

Bearden was also allegedly captured on video surveillance footage at the pawn shop.

A victim told police that a friend found his garage door ajar, and that the victim later found the garage door locking mechanism on the floor of the garage.  Another victim reported a burglar entered their unlocked, detached garage and stole numerous lawn/hand/electric tools.

After attaining a warrant with assistance from the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office, police searched the Marrero home of Bearden’s girlfriend and found several electric hand and lawn tools at the residence. Bearden admitted his involvement to police voluntarily, according to the report, after the items were found.

Bearden is currently serving his sentence at Nelson Coleman Correctional Center.



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