Third suspect arrested in St. Landry Parish thefts

A third suspect in a rash of St. Landry Parish thefts last year has been arrested, St. Landry Sheriff’s Office officials said.

Justin Babineaux, 22, of Carencro, was booked into the parish jail on six counts of felony theft, one count of simple burglary and one count of theft under $500. The value of the property is estimated at $19,875, Capt. Megan Vizena said in a release.

Babineaux’s bail has been set at $31,000.

The thefts and break-ins occurred in September and October 2013 in or near Arnaudville, Leonville and Port Barre, all cities in St. Landry Parish. The goods stolen include four-wheel all-terrain vehicles, motorcycles built for dirt riding, lawn mowers and other outdoors equipment, Vizena said.

Two others were arrested in the thefts: Mickail Lowell Gould, 23, was booked in November, and Lee Covington VI, 34, in October.

“These arrests were made possible by a tip that was received through St. Landry Crime Stoppers,” Vizena said.

Most of the equipment that was reported stolen has been recovered and detectives are in the process of returning the property to the owners, she said.