Recently, a Louisiana man has found himself facing serious allegations after a traffic stop led police to become suspicious of the contents of his vehicle. According to reports, the 28-year-old man was charged with the crime of burglary after police spotted suspicious items in his vehicle. They were allegedly later connected to a string of burglaries.
Reports do not indicate what the man was initially pulled over for, or what items police saw that made them suspicious. Following the traffic stop and subsequent arrest, police say that the items in the man's vehicle matched items stolen in the area. It is also alleged that certain items were from a burglary that took place only a short time before the traffic stop was conducted.
The Louisiana man faces eight counts of simple burglary, as well as illegal possession of a stolen firearm. He was detained in the Livingston Parish Detention Center in lieu of a $500,000 bond. The case is still under investigation. Early reports following the arrest indicate that additional arrests may be made, suggesting that there may be other suspects in this case.
Anyone charged with a crime in our state has the fundamental right to defend themselves. When police conduct a traffic stop that leads to an unrelated arrest, the facts and circumstances surrounding the traffic stop may play an important role in contesting the criminal charges that followed. While the man has been accused of a number of serious crimes, the burden is now solely upon the shoulders of the prosecution to prove the allegations in court beyond a reasonable doubt.
Source: wafb.com, "Hammond man arrested on burglary charges," Amber Stegall, Dec. 18, 2012