Eight booked in burglaries in Livingston, St. Helena parishes

Detectives recovered about $10,000 in stolen property and several stolen guns during an investigation that led to the arrests of eight people involved in at least six burglaries in Livingston and St. Helena parishes.

Detectives also recovered electronics in the ongoing investigation, Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Lori Steele said Wednesday.

Detectives were alerted in November to a series of vehicle and shed burglaries spanning the two parishes, Steele said in a news release.

The investigation led to a home at 2844 La. 449, Pine Grove, in St. Helena Parish, where detectives found numerous stolen items on Jan. 6, Steele said.

The home’s occupant, Brandi Lanier, 31, was arrested and booked into the Livingston Parish Detention Center on seven counts of simple burglary and one count of theft, Steele said. More burglary counts are pending in Livingston and St. Helena.

Detectives also arrested Bret Leblanc, 49, 8835 Trinity Ave., Baton Rouge, at Lanier’s home on a count of illegal possession of stolen things.

Six other people, all from Walker, were arrested in Livingston Parish in January on various burglary, firearms and drug counts stemming from the investigation, Steele said. They are:

  • William R. Harris, 53, 16006 Gaylord Oaks.
  • Brandi Elaine Robinson, 27, 35270 Weiss St.
  • Benjamin Jacob Merge, 30, 34298 Cane Market Road.
  • Randolph E. Bass, 56, 8989 Florida Blvd.
  • Kierstyn P. Harvey, 19, 27777 Jessica Drive.
  • Bradley A. Pardue, 29, 34015 Kiss Road.