TPSO smashes brick-wall drug burglary ring

Members of a burglary team that police said broke through an urgent care pharmacy’s brick wall and stole narcotics were rounded up Tuesday during a day-long hunt by Terrrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives.



The daring break-in resulted in the theft of an unknown amount of hydrocodone pills. Hydrocodone is an opium-based painkiller available only by prescription.

Capt. Dawn Foret said officers were still sorting out details Tuesday night, but confirmed that “multiple” arrests were made.

Five people were taken into custody Tuesday afternoon after detectives, assisted by Houma police officers, stopped a red pickup on East Street near East Main, as incredulous residents of homes in the area looked on.



Sheriff Jerry Larpenter said the investigation began after a call at 3:30 a.m. from the Urgent Care Pharmacy on Corporate Drive. Deputies examined video that showed three men, all wearing camouflage and dark clothing, entering the pharmacy.

Additional work continued after dark Tuesday, including a raid on a residence in west Houma.

Details will be updated at houmatimes.com



A Dodge Ram pickup containing alleged suspects from a Houma pharmacy burglary following arrests of occupants by Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies on East Street near East Main Tuesday afternoon. A detective’s car and a Houma PD patrol vehicle are behind it.

JOHN DeSANTIS | THE TIMES