St. Bernard parolee accused in 10 burglaries

St. Bernard parolee accused in 10 burglaries

VIOLET, LA (WVUE) - A St. Bernard Parish man with 13 burglary convictions faces 10 new charges.

Shawn Penney, 38, was captured Thursday after fleeing into a wooded area near the Violet Canal, Sheriff James Pohlmann said. Sheriff's SWAT team members and the U.S. Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force were involved in the arrest.

Penney, who has served time in prison and was released on parole several months ago, will be booked with 10 burglaries committed in eastern St. Bernard Parish since Jan. 7, the sheriff said.

Three of those burglaries at Violet businesses were committed this week, including at a convenience store, a bar and a factory. Detectives said Penney has been accused of burglarizing the same bar more than five times since the early 2000s.

In the convenience store break-in early Wednesday morning, a large number of lottery tickets were stolen, sheriff's detectives said.

That information was sent to Louisiana Lottery officials, who informed the Sheriff's Office late Thursday afternoon that someone had tried to cash in winning tickets from the stash of stolen ones at an outlet in Violet.

Detectives determined that the man who turned in about $25 in tickets was Paul Johannessen, 36, an acquaintance of Penney's. When arrested, he admitted that Penney had given him the tickets to cash in but said he didn't know they were stolen.

Johannessen was booked with possession of stolen property.

After that arrest, detectives got a search warrant for Penney's home, where they found burglary tools and several items believed stolen from the convenience store, the sheriff said.

They were able to obtain a warrant for Penney's arrest.

Detectives received information Penney was hiding in a wooded area near the Violet Canal, and a search group was organized to look for him on Thursday.

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