Police: Two accused of burglaries, including one where Christmas presents were taken

A 30-year-old man wanted in several burglaries around East Baton Rouge Parish, including one in which all the wrapped presents under a Christmas tree were taken, was arrested by Baton Rouge police Thursday along with another man after they attempted to burglarize an apartment.

Police on Thursday arrested Dwayne A. Cossett, 30, and Felton Brown, 22, both of Baton Rouge, in an attempted burglary of an apartment in the 100 block of Marilyn Drive, just south of Florida Boulevard, said Cpl. L’Jean McKneely, a police spokesman.

Police responded to the apartment after callers reported a suspicious vehicle in the area.

Once they arrived, three men fled, and police later caught two, Cossett and Brown, McKneely said. The third man, not identified by police, remained on the loose Thursday.

Police booked Cossett, 2001 Sherwood Forest Blvd., and Brown, 6655 Nellie Ave., on counts of attempted burglary of an inhabited dwelling, criminal damage to property and resisting arrest.

Cossett also was booked on a count of disarming an officer by trying to take a stun gun from an officer, McKneely said.

Several arrest warrants link Cossett to other burglaries dating to October.

Cossett was arrested a month ago after police stopped a Nissan SUV on Drusilla Lane and searched it, revealing several items, including an iPad and a camcorder, reported stolen in various burglaries, according to an arrest warrant.

Cossett was booked on counts of receiving stolen things and released after posting $5,000 bail, records show.

In the following weeks, authorities linked Cossett to additional burglaries, including a Dec. 5 Legend Drive break-in that resulted in all of the wrapped presents under a Christmas tree being stolen, according to arrest warrants.

Also wanted in several of the same burglaries is Ty Xavier McGee, 24, of Baton Rouge, on various burglary and theft counts, court documents show.

The two are accused of being responsible for at least four burglaries in which thousands of dollars worth of guns, electronics and other items were taken, documents show.