Son of St. Bernard Parish Sheriff James Pohlmann arrested for burglary, theft in Chalmette

A little more than a year after he was sworn in as St. Bernard Parish’s top law enforcement officer, Sheriff James Pohlmann announced Thursday that his son had been arrested by his own deputies.

Justin Pohlmann, 27, was picked up on a warrant charging him with burglarizing a home and garage in Chalmette, the Sheriff’s Office said.

The senior Pohlmann issued a statement blaming his son’s behavior on a “substance abuse problem which has returned,” and requested privacy.

Justin Pohlmann, who lives in Chalmette, was charged with one count of burglary and two counts of misdemeanor theft, the Sheriff’s Office said. He surrendered to authorities and was booked into St. Bernard Parish Prison, where he was expected to spend the night.

The younger Pohlmann’s arrest Thursday was not his first run-in with the Sheriff’s Office, where his father worked for nearly three decades before being elected in 2011.

The Sheriff’s Office did not provide a complete list of Justin Pohlmann’s prior arrests, nor would the office release a copy of his booking mug or the warrant for his most recent arrest.

But online court records show that the year his father was elected in 2011, Justin Pohlmann was arrested and charged with disturbing the peace and criminal trespass, online court records show. In 2008, he was charged with simple burglary. In 2007, he faced a simple battery charge and another count of disturbing the peace for fighting. And in apparently three separate incidents during 2005, he faced charges of possession of stolen property under $100, unauthorized entry, criminal trespass and disturbing the peace, records show.

It could not be determined late Thursday how the various charges were resolved.

The elder Pohlmann declined interviews Thursday, but expressed contrition in his statement.

“Like all too many parents, I have a child who has gotten into trouble with the law,” the sheriff said.

“That is not an excuse for criminal behavior,” he added, “but it is a realization I have come to. I love Justin and will continue to support him and make sure he gets the treatment he needs.”