Police: suspected burglar found napping outside home was likely drunk

Police: suspected burglar found napping outside home was likely drunk

THIBODAUX, LA (WVUE) - It didn't take long or much police work for officers with the Thibodaux Police Department to catch a suspected home burglar.  Chief of Police Bryan Zeringue says 29-year-old Lee Hartman of Larose, La. began his rash of break-ins Saturday, Nov14 when he kicked in a door to a home in the 800 block of McCulla Street.

The homeowner apparently surprised Hartman, who reportedly said he didn't realize anyone lived there and left the scene.  Police believe Hartman had lived at that home at some time in the past.

Zeringue says Hartman then went to another home nearby and tried to force his way inside.  This time, he was unsuccessful. Finally,he reportedly went to a home in the 700 block of McCulla Street and pushed his way inside past the tenant and went to use the restroom.  Once finished, he threatened to kill one of the people living at the home.

That person avoided contact with the man, suspecting he was drunk by the way he was acting and the fact that the alleged burglar was heard falling down the stairs.  He suspected burglar then fell asleep outside on the porch.  After his quick nap, police were able to catch up with Hartman at the corner of McCulla and E. 7th Street where he was seen asking people for work.

Police went back to the scene of the last hour where Hartman allegedly broke into and recovered a bag Hartman was reportedly carrying since he recent release from jail. He's been charged with  two counts of Unauthorized Entry of an Inhabited Dwelling, Attempted Unauthorized Entry of an Inhabited Dwelling, Simple Criminal Damage to Property, Simple Assault and Disturbing the Peace.

Lee Hartman was transported to the Lafourche Parish Detention Center on a $51,500 bond.

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