Sep 18, 2013 12:35 PM by KATC, PHOTO: SMPSO
A 23-year-old Franklin man is accused of a sting of burglaries after the items were discovered at the bottom of a canal.
According to a news release, on August 26, 2013, the St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office received three reports of stolen property from the Franklin area.
Detectives identified Damien Hale as a suspect and issued an advisory to neighboring agencies.
On August 30, 2013, Hale was arrested by Berwick Police and held on a probation violation on charges unrelated to the Sheriff's Office investigation.
Detectives located Hale's pick-up truck in the Patterson area. While searching in the vicinity of the vehicle, detectives discovered numerous items hidden nearby in the tree line including fishing gear and tools. The recovered items matched descriptions of items reported stolen.
According to detectives, Hale also discarded stolen property in the Yokely Canal in Franklin. Utilizing the St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office Marine Division dive team, detectives recovered more tools and items that were reported stolen. Divers also recovered a shotgun from the canal. Detectives are currently working to identify the owner of the gun.
Detectives recovered over $4,000 in property. Most of the stolen property recovered by the St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office has been returned to its owners.
The investigation is ongoing and according to detectives, Hale is may be linked to other burglaries. The St. Mary parish Sheriff's Office can be reached at 337-828-1960 or 985-384-1622.
On September 16, 2013 Damien A. Hale was arrested on warrants on the following charges:
Damien Hale was charged with:
The dive operation was carried out on September 4, 2013, in the Yokely Canal near U.S. Highway 90 in Franklin.
Diver handing off a recovered tool tray.
Diver locating shotgun.
Detective Gabrielle Amador inspecting the recovered shotgun.