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Vacherie man pleads guilty to simple burglary

VACHERIE — Shamar Harris, 21, of Vacherie pleaded guilty to simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling and was sentenced to five years with the Louisiana Department of Corrections with credit for time served.

On January 14, deputies with the St. James Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a residential burglary in Vacherie. Upon arrival, deputies observed that there were surveillance cameras on the residence, with a T-shirt thrown over one of the cameras.

Deputies canvassed the scene and observed that a window unit had been pushed in the window. Shortly after, deputies engaged in a foot pursuit after a male subject was seen running from the area. This subject was able to evade the deputies.

Detectives arrived on scene and learned that a surveillance camera had footage of a male subject running from the home once the burglar alarm was activated. That subject was identified as Harris.

The patrol deputy who gave chase corroborated the identification.

Harris was subsequently apprehended and booked into the St. James Parish Detention Center.

Assistant District Attorney Adam Koenig prosecuted the case, which was overseen by the Honorable Judge Tess Stromberg.