Police say man broke into cathedral and stole religious chains

Eugene Guidroz, 47 Source: Houma Police Dept.
Eugene Guidroz, 47 Source: Houma Police Dept.
Updated: Jul. 11, 2018 at 4:03 PM CDT
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HOUMA, LA (WVUE) - Houma police arrested a man suspected of breaking into a a church and stealing several religious chains.  Patrol officers were called to St. Francis Cathedral around 8:40 Wednesday morning in reference to a possible break-in of the church.  When they arrived, the suspect was gone, but the person making the complaint told police he saw a man go into a restricted area of the church and steal several religious chains.  That witness then said he followed the man and confronted him as he attempted to break into the donation box to steal cash,    Police quickly gathered surveillance footage. From the video, police say  they were able to identify the thief as 47-year old Eugene Guidroz.

A patrolling unit then located Guidroz at the corner of Barrow and Main and was taken into custody.  Police say they found heroin, methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia on Guidroz. They also say he was in possession of the stolen religious chains.  Officers then attempted to secure Guidroz in the rear of a patrol unit at which time he  allegedly kneed  the arresting officer in the head while the suspect was being seat belted into the unit..

Guidroz was then transported to the Terrebonne Parish Criminal Justice Complex where he was booked and jailed on the charges of simple burglary of a religious building, battery of a police officer, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of methamphetamine, possession of heroin and two counts of violation of uniform controlled dangerous substance law.

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