During the early morning hours on Wednesday, September 4, 2019, ten (10) vehicle burglaries and two (2) attempted residential burglaries occurred in the McDonoghville neighborhood in the City of Gretna.
Immediately upon receiving reports of the incidents, officers began to canvass the area in an attempt to locate evidence. Officers were able to locate video surveillance of the suspect and the vehicles involved were processed by Crime Scene for possible evidence. As a result of the investigation Latent fingerprints believed to belong to the suspect were located on one of the crime scenes identifying a Charles Edwin Butler, II.
Butler was also observed on surveillance camera and later identified while he was attempting to enter parked vehicles, when vehicles were found to be unlocked he would enter the vehicles and remove property. Butler did not enter any vehicles which were locked. Butler was also observed attempting to remove his fingerprints by using his shirt and wiping the areas he touched on the unlocked vehicles.
Butler was also caught on camera attempting to enter two residences clearly armed with a semi-automatic hand gun which he had taken from an unlocked vehicle only minutes earlier.
On Thursday, September 5, 2019, the Gretna Police Department located and arrested Charles Edwin Butler II, black male, 09/05/1981, 1436 Behrman Avenue, New Orleans for two (2) counts of attempted aggravated burglary, eight (8) counts of vehicle burglary, two (2) counts of attempted vehicle burglary, resisting arrest by flight, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Butler has an extensive criminal record which includes arrests for armed robbery, simple robbery, aggravated burglary, simple burglary, possession of stolen property, possession and distribution of marijuana and crack cocaine and a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.
The Gretna Police Department like many other agencies have tried to stress the importance of citizens locking their vehicles and removing valuables. This incident shows how an unsecured vehicle with a firearm in it could have resulted in a serious tragedy had the perpetrator gained entrance into one of the residences armed with residents inside.
Arthur S. Lawson, Jr.
Chief of Police