Lake Charles, LA –
On January 8 and January 24, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Vehicle Crimes Investigative Unit detectives responded to numerous reports of vehicle burglaries in south Lake Charles in the areas of Tom Hebert Road, Crestview, Glen Prairie, Delord Lane, and Swan Drive.
During the initial investigation detectives learned the suspects were breaking the glass on locked vehicles to gain entry as well as burglarizing unlocked vehicles. Detectives were also advised 3 firearms were stolen during the vehicle burglaries. During further investigation detectives were able to identify two suspects responsible for the burglaries, Wyatt Z. Peterson, 18, and Armorian D. Hadnot, 24, both of 2324 Rose Street in Lake Charles.
On January 24 VCIU detectives with the assistance of CPSO ACT-Team deputies executed a search warrant at the home on Rose Street at which time they located 5 firearms, one of which had been reported stolen through LCPD. Detectives also located multiple credit cards belonging to one of the victim’s from the vehicle burglaries.
After further investigation Peterson and Hadnot were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 9 counts of simple burglary; 3 counts of theft of a firearm; 3 counts of theft less than $1,000; and 3 counts of simple criminal damage to property. Peterson is additionally charged with illegal possession of stolen things. Judge Tony Fazzio set Peterson’s bond at $95,000 and Hadnot’s bond at $99,500.
The firearms stolen during the vehicle burglaries have not yet been recovered. Detectives are currently investigating the ownership of the remaining 4 firearms seized from the home. The investigation is continuing and more arrests are possible.
CPSO VCIU Detectives Matthew Bean and James Rathke are the lead investigators on these cases.
An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged. A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.