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Two arrested after vehicle burglaries near parks

Two arrested after vehicle burglaries near parks

BATON ROUGE (WBRZ) - Sheriff's deputies arrested two people they said were involved in more than a dozen vehicle break-ins around Hooper Road park or the Blackwater Conservation Area in East Baton Rouge Parish.

A department spokesperson said deputies arrested Donald Lee Robvais and Michael Wayne Thomas on Monday in connection with the burglaries.

Investigators said 15 break-ins were reported at the two parks between Sept. 1 and 15. They said this past Monday a visitor at Hooper Road park noticed Robvais and Thomas acting suspiciously, and called the authorities. Deputies questioned the pair, and arrested them in connection with the thefts.

Investigators booked Robvais into the parish prison on 14 counts of simple burglary, 14 counts of simple criminal damage to property, six counts of theft, two counts of identity theft and one count of access device fraud.

They booked Thomas on 16 counts each of simple burglary and simple criminal damage to property, eight counts of theft, four counts of identity theft and one count of access device fraud.

East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office Spokesperson Casey Rayborn Hicks said the visitor taking the time to call helped make this arrest possible. She urged people not to leave valuables in view in their vehicles.

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