Bail jumps to $2 million with new counts against Scott man

Jack Leblanc
Jack Leblanc

A man arrested two weeks ago in a multi-parish theft ring investigation was rearrested this week and booked on a number of counts including conspiracy and possession of firearms by a convicted felon.

Jack Leblanc, 53, was booked again on Wednesday into the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center, where his bail has been set at $2 million, Capt. Kip Judice, spokesman for the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office, said in a release Thursday.

Leblanc, a Scott resident, faces 21 counts of conspiracy to commit burglary of inhabited dwellings, 103 counts of possession of firearms by a convicted felon, 58 counts of illegal possession of stolen firearms and one count of illegal possession of stolen things valued at $7,020, Judice said.

Judice said the investigation into the theft ring, which at first was confined to the parishes of Acadia, Lafayette and Vermilion, was expanded to St. Martin Parish.

St. Martin Parish authorities last week announced that 20 of the 71 guns along with electronic items confiscated in the initial Aug. 22 raid on a Scott building belonged to residents of Parks and Cypress Island, communities in St. Martin Parish.

Judice said Thursday that St. Martin officials have joined the investigation.

Officials said Leblanc was the money man who fenced guns, jewelry and other items stolen from residents whose homes lay on the outer fringes of rural subdivisions. Also booked into jail on counts of theft were Damian Schexnayder, 29, of Rayne in Acadia Parish, and Jerome Thibodeaux, 35, of Maurice in Vermilion Parish.