Trio accused of string of home burglaries in 3 parishes

Rachel Nicholson (Source: Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office)
Rachel Nicholson (Source: Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office)
Brian Fugler
Brian Fugler
Sally Spence
Sally Spence

DENHAM SPRINGS, LA (WAFB) - Three people were arrested in connection with a rash of burglaries across three parishes over the past couple of months.

The Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office said Rachel Nicholson, Brian Fugler and Sally Spence face various charges.

The trio is from Denham Springs.

The sheriff's office reported deputies with the burglary division were doing routine record checks on second-hand dealer shops in Livingston Parish on Oct. 9 when they noticed Nicholson's name kept appearing.

They said through the investigation that followed they were able to link property in the shops to multiple burglaries.

Detectives said the Louisiana State Probation and Parole Division helped them take Nicholson, 28, into custody on Oct. 10.

They added they knew her from burglaries in the parish two years ago and remembered her boyfriend, Fuler, was involved in those.

According to investigators, a check of the pair's second-hand dealer transactions pointed to items related to burglaries not only in Livingston Parish, but also East Baton Rouge and Ascension parishes.

Fugler, 27, was placed in cuffs and taken to jail on Oct. 11 for his suspected involvement in home burglaries.

Spence, 33, was also arrested.

Nicholson was booked on charges of simple burglary (16 counts), misdemeanor theft and simple burglary of inhabited dwelling. A hold was placed on her from probation and parole.

Her bond was set at $250,000.

Fugler faces charges of simple burglary (16 counts) and resisting an officer. Probation and parole also put a hold on him.

His bond was set at $200,000.

Spence was only charged with one count of simple burglary and her bond was set at $15,000.

Deputies are still finding stolen property and contacting victims. They said the burglaries took place between August and October.

They added the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office and East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office assisted in recovering some of the stolen goods.

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