Police say suspect knew house cleaner
Skip Bertman is getting his LSU championship rings back, 21 of them.
Police say they have recovered all the rings stolen from Bertman’s Ormond Avenue home Saturday morning, Police spokesman Cpl. Don Coppola Jr. said Tuesday morning.
Police did not reveal initially how many rings were taken.
Police arrested three teens Monday accused of sneaking into the home of the former LSU athletic director, including a relative of the Bertman’s house cleaner who knew his way around the house, Coppola said.
Moises Marquez, 18, 7942 Bles Ave., Baton Rouge, was booked into Parish Prison on counts of simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling, Coppola said. Two 16-year-old boys, whose identities have been withheld, were booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Juvenile Detention Center on counts of simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling.
Coppola confirmed Monday that Bertman was the victim of the burglary, something police had been reluctant to do in the days prior to the arrests.
Attempts to contact Bertman since Saturday have been unsuccessful.
Marquez is related to the Bertman’s house cleaner and had been inside the home several times, so he knew the home’s layout, how to get inside and where Bertman kept his memorabilia, Coppola said.
The trio sneaked into the home at 4:35 a.m. Saturday through an unlocked bathroom window that Marquez intentionally left unlocked during a previous visit so he could get back into the home, Coppola said.
Once they got in, Marquez led them to the rings.
Before the burglars could get anything else or leave the residence, Bertman, awakened by the noise, confronted Marquez, Coppola said.
During the scuffle, Marquez covered his face so Bertman would not recognize him, but Bertman was able to recognize Marquez’s “Hispanic descent,” Coppola said. Despite Bertman’s best efforts to detain them, Marquez and the two juveniles escaped the residence with the rings.
Coppola said no one was injured in the struggle.
During Bertman’s 18-year stint as LSU’s head baseball coach from 1984 to 2001, the program won five national titles at the College World Series. He also coached the 1996 U.S. Olympic team to a bronze medal finish in Summer Games in Atlanta.
He retired as baseball coach in 2001 and was named the school’s athletic director, a position he held until 2008.