Last Modified: Thursday, August 16, 2012 2:07 AM
A 17-year-old Lake Charles man has been charged with simple burglary, theft over $1,500, unauthorized use of an access card and purse snatching, authorities said.
Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Kim Myers said Joseph L. Kirklin, 1806 9th Avenue, was arrested Monday.
“On July 5, deputies were dispatched to a home on 15th Street in Lake Charles in reference to a burglary,” Myers said in a news release on Wednesday. “The victim said that while she slept, her home was burglarized and several items were stolen — including her purse, which contained cash and several credit cards. Also stolen was over $9,500 worth of electronic items, including three laptops and a digital camera.”
Witnesses said they observed several male suspects enter the victim’s home and moments later flee on foot carrying numerous items.
“During the investigation, detectives obtained surveillance video from a local store which captured Kirklin and a 16-year-old juvenile, using the stolen credit card to make several purchases,” Myers said.
Kirklin was arrested on Monday in connection with an unrelated case. A woman reported a man approached her while she was walking to her car in a local casino parking lot and stole her purse.
“Kirklin confirmed he stole the victim’s purse in the local casino parking lot,” Myers said. “He also confirmed he burglarized the Lake Charles home and used the victim’s credit card to make several purchases at a local store.”
Judge Clayton Davis set Kirklin’s bond at $88,000.
Myers said the Sheriff’s Office is asking for help in identifying other suspects from the home burglary.
“If you have any information on other suspects, please Sheriff’s Office Detective Eddie Curol at 491-3725,” Myers said.