The suspect wanted for a string of Lafayette Parish burglaries beginning in December of last year is now in law enforcement custody.
A total of six residential burglaries were reported in the Le Triomphe neighborhood area in Lafayette Parish between December 30, 2020 and January 15, 2021. More than $100,000 in jewelry, guns and safes were reported stolen. Burglaries were also reported at Le Triomphe residences within St. Martin Parish, as the neighborhood falls on the Lafayette-St. Martin Parish line.
As a result of the collaborative efforts between Lafayette and St. Martin Parish detectives, 42-year-old Justin Joseph Andrews of Katy, TX was identified as the suspect.
Andrews is charged with three counts of Simple Burglary of an Inhabited Dwelling in Lafayette Parish. Andrews is also suspected of committing more than a dozen burglaries in East Baton Rouge Parish and has additional pending charges from St. Martin and Calcasieu Parishes.
After Andrews was identified as a suspect by Lafayette Sheriff’s detectives, he was located and apprehended in Texas with the assistance of law enforcement in the region.
“I’m proud of the work by our detectives and their ability to work with law enforcement agencies from Texas to Baton Rouge to see that this criminal is brought to justice,” said Sheriff Mark Garber.
This investigation remains ongoing. Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Detectives say extradition to Louisiana is being sought and additional charges are expected.