Couple booked with burglary of Houma storage units

Published: Oct. 3, 2013 at 11:40 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 10, 2013 at 11:40 PM CDT
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Gary Edward Joseph Chopik (TPSO)
Gary Edward Joseph Chopik (TPSO)
Lacey Hamblen (TPSO)
Lacey Hamblen (TPSO)

HOUMA, La. - Two people were arrested Thursday after Terrebonne Parish sheriff's deputies responded to a call of burglary at a mini storage business.

The incident happened at about 4 a.m. in the 2600 block of Savanne Road. When deputies arrived they found the fence surrounded some mini storage units had been cut. They then found cut padlocks on four of the units.

While detectives were at the scene they received information that a white female with mud and water up to her waist had gone into the Shell Gas Station at the corner of Savanne Road and  Southdown Mandalay. After leaving the store, she left on foot down Bayou Black Drive.

Deputies patrolled the area and located the female and a white male subject who was also covered in mud and water up to his waist.

Both suspects were transported to the Terrebonne Parish Sheriff's Office where detectives questioned them. The female was identified as Lacey Hamblen, 26, of Des Allemands, and the male was identified as Gary Chopik, 19, of Waggaman. A car that had been parked near the storage units was registered to Hamblen.

Both were booked with four counts of simple burglary and  possession of marijuana. They remain in the Terrebonne Parish Jail awaiting a bond hearing.