UPDATE: Another suspect arrested in multi-parish theft ring

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JEFF DAVIS Parish, La. (KLFY)- UPDATE: Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriff’s detectives made another arrest in the ongoing investigation of burglaries in the parish.

Jennifer Christine Stutes, 36, of Jennings, was arrested and charged with obstruction of justice and accessory after the fact of burglary.

Detectives linked Stutes to the crimes committed by Aden Greek II and Laconda Nicole Ortego who were arrested on Wednesday.

She is also linked to a suspect in custody in St. Landry Parish, authorities said.

“Detectives are continuing to obtain information and recover items that were stolen in the burglaries, including the recent recovery of an antique cash register. More arrests are expected,” the department said in a statement on Friday.

ORIGINAL STORY: For several months,  Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives have been investigating a rash of burglaries and thefts throughout the parish.

Today, the department announced it has solved 16 reported burglaries and have arrested two suspects. More arrests are expected, according to Chief Deputy Christopher Ivey.

Aden Greek II, 38, of Hathaway, and Lacanda Nicole Ortego, 29, of Eunice, have been booked into the parish jail.

The burglaries and thefts occurred between August 2017 and December 2017 in Jefferson Davis Parish and neighboring parishes.

On Dec. 15, authorities in St. Landry Parish arrested Brandon Charpentier, 25, who tried to escape through a trap for in the closet of his mobile home.

He is also believed to be connected to the rash of thefts in Jefferson Davis, St. Landry and Acadia parishes, Ivey said.

“These suspects broke into homes, stores and stole whatever they could get their hands on,” Ivey told KLFY.

He said drugs are suspected to be the motivation behind the crimes.

Item stolen some of the cases, to include a utility trailer, a safe and tools have been recovered, authorities said.

Ortego is charged with two counts obstruction of justice, theft, two counts of simple burglary, simple criminal damage to property. She is being held on a $40,000 bond.

This is Ortego’s fifth time to be arrested, authorities said.

Greek is charged with simple burglary, illegal possession of stolen things, switched plates and other traffic violations.  He is held with no bond.

Greek’s arrest in this investigation is his sixth time to be arrested and charged with a felony crime.

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