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Police: Covington man, wife jailed after attempted break-in at neighbor's home

Edwin East (Source: Covington PD) Edwin East (Source: Covington PD)
Camille Burckel (Source: Covington PD) Camille Burckel (Source: Covington PD)

A man and his wife were jailed Tuesday after the man tried to break into a home where a woman was alone with her 10-month-old baby, according to Covington Police Chief Tim Lentz.

The incident happened just after 5 p.m. on St. Thomas Way in the Covington Point subdivision. According to police, a woman was home with her child when her dogs began to bark. When she went to investigate, she saw a man, later identified as Edwin East, standing at her back door inside her fenced-in yard. The victim said when the man began knocking on the door, she ran upstairs to call 911. She told police that while she was on the phone, she saw East pick up a recycle bin and slam it against a window, yelling for her to let him inside. East then fled on foot.

When officers arrived, the victim gave them a detailed description of the man, saying she didn't know him and didn’t know why he was at her home. Officers then began a search, assisted by the St. Tammany Sheriff’s Office K9 Division, and nearby residents were advised to stay in their homes. 

During the course of the investigation, officers identified East and learned that he had spoken to a family member after the attempted home invasion, telling them that he would “die before going back to jail.” Officers also learned that East lived on the same street as the victim, and they went to his home to try to locate him. There they spoke with his wife, Camille Burckel, who told them that she had not spoken with East in several hours and had no idea where he was.

While continuing their search, officers noticed an open door to a home next to the victim’s. They knocked and identified themselves, but got no response.

Officers and a K9 entered the home, and East walked down the stairs and surrendered. Officers checked the rest of the residence and found that it was unoccupied.

The victim was able to positively identify East as the person she saw in her back yard. As officers were about to leave, the owner of the unoccupied home arrived and told police that East’s wife had called her and asked if East could come to her house to “cool off” because they had just been in a fight. The homeowner, not knowing that he was hiding from police, gave permission for him to be there.

As a result, Burckel was arrested for accessory after the fact. East and Burckel were both booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail.

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