Sulphur man accused in burglary

Published 11:41 am Tuesday, September 20, 2022

A Sulphur man has been arrested for breaking and entering after deputies discovered him on the property of a La. 1256 business with copper wire, burglary tools and drugs in multiple backpacks.

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Kayla Vincent said deputies were dispatched to the business at about 5:30 a.m. Saturday in reference to a burglary in progress.

Vincent said due to recent burglaries at the business, detectives previously installed surveillance cameras on the property and were alerted that morning in reference to unknown individuals on the property.

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Upon arrival, deputies located a hole in the fence along with a bicycle lying on the ground, she said.

While deputies were clearing the property, they found Aaron P. Prestenback, 41, who fled the scene and led deputies on a brief foot pursuit into a nearby neighborhood, where he was quickly apprehended.

Vincent said deputies found three backpacks on the business’ property and along the path Prestenback fled, containing burglary tools, cut sections of copper wire, and drug paraphernalia. When detectives spoke with Prestenback he confirmed he cut a hole in the fence and stole the copper wire.

He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with simple burglary; theft less than $1,000; simple criminal damage to property; and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Judge Michael Canaday set his bond at $21,500.

The investigation is continuing in an attempt to identify other possible suspects.