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Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu

Traffic Stop Leads to Arrests of Serial Burglars

August 01, 2013

The NOPD’s Second District Task Force Unit arrested Sherod Champ for Illegal Possession of Stolen Things, Possession of a Firearm by a Felon, Illegal Possession of Stolen things over 500.00 and Unauthorized use of a Moveable over 500.00, Dominique Arch, 20, for Possession of Stolen Property and issued an Arrest Warrant for Nicholas Luther for Possession of Stolen Property.    

On July 8, 2013, Second District Task Force Officers Brandon Marcomb and Jerry Devorak conducted a traffic stop of a vehicle for a fake brake tag and an altered license plate.   After arresting its driver, Sherod Champ, in front of his residence at 7007 Colapissa Street, the officers learned the vehicle was stolen from on May 14, 2013.  As the officers continued their investigation, they found the white Mercedes, parked in the driveway of Champ’s residence, was stolen from St. Tammany Parish.  

They also found an F350, parked nearby on Earhart, was stolen from St. Tammany as well.  Detectives from the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office believed the F350 was used to commit a large number of storage unit burglaries in the area the same night the truck was stolen.  

The Task Force Officers, Sgt Jennifer Dupree, and Officers Jerry Devorak and Brandon Singleton obtained a Search Warrant for Sherod Champ’s residence.  During the search of the premises, the officers located property which was identified by the victim of the theft of the F350 and by victims of several of the storage unit burglaries.  The officers went on to discover and identify property and victims from Hammond and Kenner.  The officers also found a firearm, magazines, and ammunition.  Sherod Champ was also arrested for his violation of being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm. 

Sherod Champ was released from jail as the investigation continued.  The officers obtained arrest warrants for his additional violations of illegal possession of stolen things.  After linking identified property with additional victims of the crimes, the officers obtained a second search warrant for 7007 Colapissa Street to attempt to locate additional items.  As they served that warrant, they located Sherod Champ within the residence and placed him under arrest for his new violations. 

After three additional search warrants of storage units rented for Sherod Champ’s use, the officers located numerous tools, collectibles, and other property identified from surrounding jurisdictions.  A large quantity of the property, with the aid of Detectives from the surrounding jurisdictions, has been positively identified and returned to its owners. 

One Search Warrant was executed at 7815 Forshey Street where Officers arrested Dominique Arch and issued an arrest warrant for Nicholas Luther.  During the execution of a search warrant they located more stolen property and learned that that the property was stolen in the rash of burglaries in surrounding jurisdictions.  

NOPD and Saint Tammany Parish Sherriff Detective Gil Fremin, Jerry Coyne and Jason Dammon began working together, as well as personnel from the Hammond Police Department, Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office, Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office and Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office, in connection with the stolen vehicles and mini-storage burglaries. Through the investigation, stolen property from the St. Tammany area was recovered in the various jurisdictions. Most which was located in mini-storage facilities that were linked to Sherod Champ. As a result of the investigation, Detective Fremin was able to secure arrest warrants for Champ in connection with sixty (60) counts of simple burglary, two (2) counts of vehicle burglary, one (1) count of auto theft and two (2) counts of attempt auto theft. 

On 30 July 2013 Sherod Champ was arrested in St. Tammany Parish on the warrants obtained by Detective Fremin. Investigators are currently pursuing other leads in the case and expect to make other arrests in connection with these burglaries. 

“This case is an outstanding example of how law enforcement agencies throughout our region work together to protect our citizens and their property.  Through the combined effort of no less than eight different agencies, hundreds of victims will have their property rightfully returned to them,” said Deputy Chief Brian Trainor of the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s office. 

"Dozens of people will be getting back property they thought they'd never see again because these 2nd District officers were alert, spotted an altered license plate and pulled over a driver", said Superintendent Ronal Serpas.  "What a great result from a routine traffic stop." 

“We’re especially grateful for the exceptional work of our investigators and the New Orleans Police Department in this case.  Their detectives and ours worked together night and day to ensure this case was resolved,” Trainor said. 

Sheron Champ was previously arrested for several Armed Robberies, Simple Burglary, Possession of Marijuana, Felon with a Firearm, Attempted Theft over 500.00, several Possession of Stolen Property over 500.00, Possession of a Stolen Auto, Attempted Possession of a Firearm by a Felon, Warrants and Traffic. 

Dominique Arch, 20, was previously arrested for Indecent Behavior with a Juvenile, Carnal Knowledge of a Juvenile, Misrepresentation of name, Unauthorized Use of an Auto and Warrants. 

Nicholas Luther, 28, was previously arrested for Crack Possession, several Possession of Stolen Property, Several Possession of Stolen Property over 500.00, several Burglaries, several theft over 500.00, Attempted Burglary, several Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle, Aggravated Battery, Battery, Criminal Damage to Property, Hit and Run, several Flight and Resisting a Police Officer.      

Citizens with information about criminal activity are asked to call CRIMESTOPPERS at 822-1111 or toll-free 1-877-903-STOP(7867) or Text your crime tip to C-R-I-M-E-S (274637), Text TELLCS then your crime information.  You could receive a cash reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to the arrest and indictment of the person(s) responsible. You do not have to give your name nor testify to receive the reward.   Citizens can also submit an anonymous tip online to CRIMESTOPPERS at www.crimestoppersgno.org

The New Orleans Police Department, under the leadership of Superintendent Ronal W. Serpas, is engaged in a complete transformation in its approach to ensuring that New Orleans is a safer place to live, work and visit.  The police force, which currently employs dedicated men and women, is committed to transparency, accountability, collaboration and integrity.  To learn more about the NOPD and our services, visit http://www.nola.gov/GOVERNMENT/NOPD and visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pages/New-Orleans-LA/New-Orleans-Police-Department-Official/133853236665761  

Any person who, after the commission of a felony, shall harbor, conceal, or aid the offender, knowing or having reasonable ground to believe that he has committed the felony, and with the intent that he may avoid or escape from arrest, trial, conviction, or punishment shall be charged with R.S. 14:25; Relative to Accessories After the Fact.  

An accessory after the fact may be tried and punished, notwithstanding the fact that the principal felon may not have been arrested, tried, convicted, or amenable to justice.   

Whoever becomes an accessory after the fact shall be fined not more than five hundred dollars, or imprisoned, with or without hard labor, for not more than five years, or both; provided that in no case shall his punishment be greater than one-half of the maximum provided by law for a principal offender.  

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Officer Garry Flot

 
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Last updated: 8/1/2013 5:45:29 PM

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