CHALMETTE, LA — Several men who became friends with a St. Bernard Parish woman recently didn’t know that when she came over to visit she also left a window unlocked for her half-brother and others to later enter and burglarize them, Sheriff-elect James Pohlmann said.
Five people including the woman, her half-brother, a man she lived with and two others have been arrested in a ring that committed three or more burglaries, at least two after the woman left an easy entrance into residences that were burglarized in Chalmette, Pohlmann said.
Bridgette Johnston, 25, of Meraux, was the last of the group arrested, taken into custody Thursday night, June 7, booked with two burglaries, authorities said. She knew the victims in both cases, Pohlmann said.
Sheriff’s detectives Paul Miller and Trey Delaune, who had been investigating several recent burglaries in Chalmette, arrested Johnston after a judge signed a warrant for her arrest.
Johnston was being held in St. Bernard Parish Prison in lieu of bond set at $30,000.
Her half-brother, Brandon Johnston, 22, of Chalmette, is being held on three burglary counts in lieu of $50,000 bond.
Other members of the ring arrested include Nathan Reese, 32, of Meraux, booked with three counts of burglary and being held in lieu of $50,000 bond; Eugene Minor, 23, of New Orleans, booked with burglary, possession of stolen items and theft by fraud on a pawn shop where items were sold, is being held in lieu of $65,000 bond, and Colen Glass, no age available, who lived with Bridgette Johnston, and who was freed on bond after being booked with possession of stolen property.
Detectives believed the group may have been responsible for other recent burglaries also.
Some of the stolen property from the break-ins, which included TV sets, laptop computers and other items, has been recovered.