BOAT LANDING BURGLAR CAPTURED BY L.D.W.F. AGENT

Release Date: 05/07/2007

Jamie Francisco, 27, of Marksville, was arrested April, 24, 2007, by Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division Senior Agent Doug Anderson for allegedly stealing items from a vehicle parked at the Boggy Bayou boat landing on the Spring Bayou Wildlife Management Area (WMA).


Several vehicle burglaries on Spring Bayou WMA were reported to the Avoyelles Parish Sheriff's Office starting in February of 2007.  LDWF agents and Avoyelles Parish deputies worked together to set up surveillance and increase patrols in an attempt to apprehend the burglar. 


On April 23, 2007, Anderson along with LDWF Agent Byron Cammack watched Francisco as he appeared to be checking several vehicles to see if any were unlocked. 


The next day Anderson observed Francisco returned to the boat landing and removed items from a parked vehicle.  Anderson arrested Francisco while he was attempting to leave the area.  During the arrest, a large amount of suspected crack cocaine and several stolen items were recovered from his vehicle. 


Francisco was booked into the Avoyelles Parish Jail on 10 counts of simple burglary, eight counts of simple criminal damage to property, three counts of attempted burglary, possession of crack cocaine with intent to distribute, illegal possession of stolen things and failure to abide by WMA rules and regulations.  Judges William Bennett and Mark Jeansonne of the 12th Judicial District set Francisco's bond at $150,000.


The penalty for simple burglary and attempted burglary is a fine up to $2,000, imprisonment with or without hard labor for up to 12 years or both.  Simple criminal damage to property is punishable by a fine up to $10,000, imprisonment with or without hard labor for up to 10 years or both.  The penalty for possession of crack cocaine with intent to distribute is a fine up to $50,000, imprisonment at hard labor for two to 30 years or both.  Illegal possession of stolen things is punishable by a fine up to $3,000, imprisonment with or without hard labor for up to 10 years or both.  The penalty for failure to abide by WMA rules and regulations is a fine of $100 to $350, or jail for not more than 60 days, or both plus court cost.


Lt. Eric Stokes, Sgt. Rusty Perry, and Avoyelles Parish Sheriff's Detective Jeffery Carmouche also participated in the case.


For more information, contact Keith LaCaze at 225-765-2988 or klacaze@wlf.louisiana.gov.
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