Eighteen-year-old Patrick Wesley Bandy and 19-year-old Brandon Lee Likens, were charged with the burglary and vandalism of two Lafayette businesses on Thursday, July 24.
According to arresting officer Detective Grant Malo of the Lafayette Police Department, the La Paloma store, located at 308 Red Boiling Springs Rd., was the first business to be hit by the suspects on Sunday, July 20th.
The suspects allegedly threw a brick or rock through the window, unlocked the door and stole the cash register, which contained $150.
On the following Thursday, July 24, the Mapco Express #1092, located at 1000 Red Boiling Springs Rd., was reportedly the second business to be targeted by Bandy and Likens.
“The glass window was broken the same way as it was in the first burglary,” Malo said. “But what they weren’t expecting, was that the second business had an alarm system. The alarm, being so loud and with several houses in close proximity, detoured the suspects from entering the business, and they took off. The alarm company immediately notified us of the break-in.”
Once on the scene, Lafayette Police Officers Stacy Woodard and Jackson Dale received information connecting Likens, of Lafayette, and Bandy, of Red Boiling Springs, to both burglaries.
After locating the suspects, police questioned Likens, who admitted to both his and Bandy’s involvement.
Bandy denied all charges against him.
Police were able to recover the emptied cash register from La Paloma and some paper work taken from the scene.
Both suspects were charged with two counts of vandalism and two counts of burglary, and are scheduled to appear in General Sessions Court on August 20.