METAIRIE, LA (WAFB) - Officials in Jefferson Parish said two men arrested in connection with several break-ins were questioned about multiple burglaries in Baton Rouge.
Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand said Raymond Kimble, 30, and Brian Earnest, 30, were arrested in connection with eight residential burglaries in Metairie.
He added the two men were identified through DNA as suspects in several Baton Rouge burglaries "where the MO was similar." He did not release specifics about the Baton Rouge burglaries.
The Baton Rouge Police Department confirms it has issued a warrant for the arrest of Kimble. Detectives are still gathering evidence in the home invasions. However, officials said Baton Rouge detectives investigating home invasions in the Wylie area have interviewed the pair.
Earnest and Kimble have only been booked into the Jefferson Parish Prison in connection with the break-ins in Metairie.
Earnest is charged with eight counts of simple burglary, theft valued between $5,000 and $25,000, two counts of possession of stolen firearms and two counts of illegally carrying a firearm.
Kimble is charged with eight counts of simple burglary and resisting arrest. His girlfriend, Lauren Malborough, is facing eight counts of accessory to simple burglary and resisting arrest.
In one of the Wylie area break-ins, a homeowner was tied up and beaten.
The Baton Rouge Police Department said it all started around 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 6 when the two suspects allegedly stole a red Toyota 4Runner from St. Tammany Parish. The two people inside the SUV allegedly broke into three different homes in Baton Rouge.
Investigators said one break-in was in the Woodgate neighborhood where they busted out a window and stole jewelry and electronics. Then, they allegedly went to a home on Millgate Drive and then moved to the Woodstone neighborhood, which is next to the Woodgate neighborhood.
Police said the SUV was backed up to the home in Woodstone, trying to load up the stolen goods when an officer with the Baton Rouge Police Department happened to be blocks away and started chasing the suspects.
They then went into a canal to escape the officer. Because they were all muddy, they went to a home on Wylie Street to clean off with the water hose. The homeowner returned to his house on his lunch break, but he came across the suspects, who tied up and beat the victim, according to Moore.
Officials said the two men then stole the homeowner's Ford Mustang. BRPD later found it abandoned on Nelson Drive near all the home invasions.