St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to what was believed to be a vehicle crash in the Lacombe area Thursday afternoon (Sept. 12). Throughout the course of the investigation, it was learned that the individuals were driving a stolen vehicle from the New Orleans area, burglarized a residence, and attempted to steal a vehicle from the burglarized residence.
Detectives have arrested James Leonard (DOB 8/5/1972) of Chalmette and are working to identify a second subject in the crime spree which began earlier in the day.
Shortly before 3 p.m. Thursday deputies responded to the area of Transmitter Road and Paquet Road in Lacombe after residents called 911 to report what appeared to be a two-vehicle crash.
At that location deputies found an abandoned Mini Cooper partially in a ditch along Transmitter Road; and a Corvette, abandoned in a yard nearby.
Deputies learned the Mini Cooper had been reported stolen out of New Orleans Thursday afternoon, and they later traced the Corvette to a burglarized residence on Transmitter Road.
A deputy located Leonard, the driver of the stolen Mini Cooper, walking nearby on U.S. Highway 190. He was taken into custody and booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail on the following charges:
L.R.S. 14:62 Simple Burglarya
L.R.S. 14:69B(2) Illegal Possession of Stolen Things $5,000-$25,000
L.R.S. 14:67.26C(2) Theft of A Motor Vehicle $5,000-$25,000
He is facing additional charges in New Orleans.
Detectives are still actively working the ongoing investigation.