Burglar buries more than $116,000 in cash, jewelry in his backyard

Photo provided by the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office.
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 - 9:00pm

A 59-year-old man was arrested after he allegedly confessed to stealing more than $116,000 in money and jewelry from his employer. He buried the stolen property in the ground behind the shed in his backyard.

According to the arrest report, the theft occurred at K&D Food Mart on North Sherwood Forest. Officers from the Baton Rouge Police Department were called in to investigate on Monday, July 15.

Surveillance footage showed the suspect, Duc Van Le, unscrewing a metal wall on the side of the building that is attached to the store’s office. He then kicked in the exposed sheet rock.

Detectives found that the safe inside the office had been opened and roughly $116,173 of money and jewelry was reportedly missing.

Le, who has worked at the business for the past 5 years, was questioned by police and he initially denied committing the theft. However, a search was conducted of his home and detectives located a grinder and metal saw that is believed to have been used in the theft.

When confronted about the tools, Le allegedly confessed to the crime and told officers that he buried the stolen property in his backyard.

Le was arrested and charged with Simple Burglary and felony Criminal Damage to Property. He was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison.

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