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Police: Pair burglarize Isaac-damaged home to support heroin addiction

Percil G. Bienemy (L) and Lance J. Espadron Percil G. Bienemy (L) and Lance J. Espadron

Plaquemines Parish sheriff's deputies arrested two St. Bernard Parish men for burglarizing property in Braithwaite that was damaged by Hurricane Isaac, to support their heroin addiction. Repeat offenders, Percill G. Bienemy, 37, and Lance J. Espadron, 36, were each booked with two counts of simple burglary. 

According to police, on September 10, 2014, PPSO deputies responded to a call of a burglary in the 1400 block of Hwy. 39 in Braithwaite. The victim told deputies that electrical wiring and copper pipe was taken from the home which was being renovated after sustaining damage due to Hurricane Isaac. Police also learned that two days prior, someone stole an air conditioning unit and attempted to steal copper wiring from the home, which severely damaged the water lines.

Deputies gained access to surveillance photos which showed a possible suspect vehicle, a blue Toyota Corolla with a Louisiana license plate. Investigators learned that on September 10, Bienemy was seen dropping off copper wiring and other items at the St. Bernard scrap yard. Detectives learned that he was accompanied by another man at the yard and was known to drive a car that matched the description of the one in the surveillance images.

Police obtained a warrant on Bienemy for simple burglary. He was taken into custody on September 17, by St. Bernard Parish deputies. He was later transported to Belle Chasse lockup where he was booked and questioned by investigators. Bienemy confessed to the crimes provided an alias of "Yellow" for the man who was with him at the scrap yard. He was booked on two counts of simple burglary and a detainee for Louisiana Probation and Parole. His bond was set a $40,000.

Through further investigation, deputies were able to identify Espadron as the man who was with Bienemy at the scrap yard on both September 8 and September 10. On September 29, police obtained an arrest warrant on Espadron for two counts of simple burglary. He was arrested on October 15 and transported to Plaquemines Parish jail, five days later.

Espadron confessed to the crimes during questioning. He said that he and Bienemy sold the stolen goods for $30. Espadron also admitted that they regularly scrapped metal to support their $50/ day heroin addictions.

Espadron was booked on two counts of simple burglary and his bond was set at $100,000. Plaquemines Parish Sheriff Lonnie Greco said, "I would like to commend our deputies and detectives for working together as a team to make a solid case against these two burglars. This duo victimized a resident who had already lost everything during Hurricane Isaac. It is extremely frustrating that we continue to arrest habitual offenders. Hopefully, these felons are processed and tried in the criminal justice system and sentenced appropriately."

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