Deputies arrest suspect in vehicle break-ins at boat launch

Ulysess Payne (Source: Assumption Parish Sheriff's Office)
Ulysess Payne (Source: Assumption Parish Sheriff's Office)

BAYOU L'OURSE, LA (WAFB) - Investigators announced they have made an arrest in a rash of truck break-ins at a boat launch site after catching the suspect on hidden cameras.

The Assumption Parish Sheriff's Office said Ulysess Payne, 32, of LaPlace faces simple burglary charges.

Deputies said they began investigating several vehicle burglaries in September that had taken place at the Bayou Cheramie Boat Launch on LA 398 in Bayou L'Ourse.

According to reports, victims would return from a day boating on the water to find their trucks had been broken into and items had been stolen.

APSO said the suspect took merchandise such as audio equipment, tools and other miscellaneous items.

Detectives said they set up surveillance cameras near the boat launch. The cameras caught a glimpse of the suspect and his truck during one of the burglaries.

The deputies said after searching the area they located a possible person of interest.

Officials said they increased the hidden camera surveillance and spotted the suspect at the boat launch in the same truck seen on the video.

Investigators said a search of the truck turned up several stolen items.

Payne was immediately arrested. He denied any involvement in the thefts.

He was booked into the Assumption Parish Detention Center on two counts of simple burglary.

His bond was set at $20,000.

Sheriff Mike Waguespack urges people to write down all serial numbers of guns and electronic equipment, whether it is kept in your vehicle or your home.

He said that information can be invaluable in locating stolen property.

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