LIVINGSTON — Livingston Parish sheriff’s deputies arrested three people wanted for numerous burglaries in at least three parishes after detectives noticed a recurring name in pawnshop records, a spokeswoman for Sheriff Jason Ard said Friday in a news release.
Detectives with the Sheriff’s Office Burglary Division were making a routine records check in parish secondhand shops Oct. 9 and observed Rachel Nicholson’s name was prominent, Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Lori Steele said.
In a follow-up investigation, detectives were able to link property in the shops to burglaries in the parish, and they arrested Nicholson, 28, 11675 Firewood Lane, Denham Springs, the next day, Steele said.
Steele said detectives knew Nicholson and her boyfriend, Brian Fugler, were involved in burglaries that occurred in Livingston Parish in 2010.
Continuing their checks of Nicholson and Fugler’s secondhand dealer transactions, detectives found numerous other articles related to burglaries in Livingston, East Baton Rouge and Ascension parishes, Steele said.
Deputies arrested Fugler, 27, 38646 Hess Road, Denham Springs, on Oct. 11; and Sally Spence, 33, 32364 Mercier Road, Denham Springs, Steele said.
Spence was booked on one count of simple burglary, while Nicholson and Fugler were booked on 16 counts of simple burglary.
Deputies also booked Nicholson with one count of simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling, and her bail was set at $250,000.
Fugler, whose bail was set at $200,000, also was booked with resisting an officer, Steele said.
Spence is being held in lieu of $15,000 bail.
Steele said investigators are retrieving stolen property and contacting victims of the burglaries in the tri-parish area.
The burglaries occurred between August and this month, she said.
Ascension and East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff’s deputies are assisting in the recovery of stolen property, Steele said.