BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A 30-year-old man was sentenced to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to burglary charges.
Brandon Crain of Denham Springs pleaded guilty to one count each of simple burglary and simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling. He was sentenced to 10 years for each count, to be served consecutively.
The Denham Springs Police Department reported it was contacted about a burglary in June and Crain was identified as a suspect.
Officers investigating the crime found part of a rubber glove that did not belong to the homeowner. Detectives collected the glove and tested it for any possible DNA evidence.
They also checked pawn shops throughout the area and the next month got word from a business owner that Crain had tried to sell several pieces of jewelry. Police said they were able to confirm some of the jewelry had been stolen.
Crain was actually in jail on a separate burglary charge at that point. Investigators questioned him at the Livingston Parish Detention Center. They said he confessed to the June burglary.
Police said the crime Crain was in jail for happened on July 6. The victims told authorities someone had broken a window to get into their home and took $14,000 worth of merchandise. Police reported catching up to him at the "We Buy Gold" in Walker.
They said he had some of the stolen property on him, including a medication bottle that had been prescribed to the victim.
District Attorney Scott Perrilloux said some of the people burglarized gave victim impact statements before Crain's sentencing.