KENNER, LA (WVUE) - Kenner police arrested two men Friday in connection with a burglary spree involving unlocked vehicles.
The incidents occurred on Jan. 30, Feb. 17 and Feb. 19. within the Southlake Village and Driftwood Subdivisions.
According to police, 20-year-old Jonathan Dearmas and and Jesus Dearmas of John Hopkins Drive in Kenner, were arrested and booked with nine counts of simple burglary of a vehicle, two counts of attempted simple burglary of a vehicle and possession of stolen things.
Police said on Friday a concerned citizen contacted authorities and reported suspicious activity in the Southlake Village Subdivision. The citizen said white Nissan Versa was driving through the subdivision with its lights off. Responding officers stopped the vehicle in the 4200 block of Sal Lentini Parkway.
Inside the suspicious car, the officers found wallets, money, credit cards and other property reportedly taken from unlocked vehicles. Investigators used video from private surveillance cameras to link both series of burglaries that occurred on Jan 30 and Feb. 17.
According to police, both Jonathan and Jesus Dearmas refused to cooperate with the investigation. Investigators learned that both appear to have ties to Florida where they have significant arrest histories. Detectives believe that both are responsible for other vehicle burglaries that are currently under investigation.
If you have any additional information that could help police with any of these cased, you are asked to call Kenner Police Detective Mike Jackson at 504-712-2283.