PORT SULPHUR, La. - The Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Office has arrested six men and is currently looking for two more, in connection with thefts from a church and fishing camps.
According to Sheriff Lonnie Greco, Sr. from July 25 to August 1, camp owners from Happy Jack and Grand Bayou fishing camps in Port Sulphur, reported $1,000 worth of fishing rods and wheels, and a tackle box missing from their fishing camps.
On August 14 detectives discovered that the former St. Jude Catholic Church was burglarized and had three window air conditioner units stolen.
Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies arrived at a residence in the 24000 block of Diamond Road in Port Sulphur looking for two suspects from the fishing camp incidents and were told that the two suspects were not there.
While at the Diamond Road residence, deputies noticed two window air conditioning units that were unusually large for the double-wide trailer.
Deputies then began looking for the suspects, when a man believed to be one of the perpetrators, 25-year-old Tommie Leonard, Jr., began to run away. He was caught a short distance away according to the Sheriff’s Office.
Another man, 26-year-old Darryl Ancar, Jr. was located nearby and both Ancar and Leonard were taken to the Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Office Port Sulphur Complex for questioning.
After questioning, detectives learned that 22-year-old Tyler Sylve organized a group to steal the air conditioning units from the St. Jude Church. The group included Sylve, Ancar, and Leonard, as well as 29-year-old Darrell Sylve, Jr., 23-year-old Emmett Barthelemy, 35-year-old Gerald Barthelemy, Sr., 32-year-old Owen Barthelemy, and 28-year-old Anthony Lafrance.
The group allegedly broke a window with a rock to get inside of the church.
One of the three stolen window units was sold to a Port Sulphur resident for $100. The resident was unaware that it was stolen and deputies were able to recover the stolen window unit.
Ancar and Leonard are also suspected of burglarizing a Grand Bayou camp on August 1, after investigators found a pirogue that was used as the mode of transportation in that burglary. Ancar is also believed to have committed thefts from camps in the 300 – 500 blocks of Martin Lane around the same time period. Ancar and Leonard have been charged with simple burglary for the camp breaks-ins as well as simple burglary of a religious building.
Tyler Sylve, Darrell Sylve, Jr., Emmett Barthelemy, and Owen Barthelemy have all been arrested and booked with simple burglary of a religious building. Sylve is also charged with obstruction of justice for attempting to hide stolen property from investigators.
The PPSO is currently looking for Gerald Barthelemy, Sr., and Anthony Lafrance, Jr., for the crime of simple burglary of a religious building.
Detectives are still in the process of identifying recovered property from the Martin Lane thefts and arrests in those investigations are imminent.
Anyone having additional information on these crimes or the whereabouts of Gerald Barthelemy, Sr., or Anthony Lafrance, Jr., is asked to contact Detective Burbano or Sergeant Smith at (504) 564-2525 or Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111.