Two Livingston Parish workers arrested for burglary

Accused of breaking into homes and stealing guns

Jim Hanzo
December 03, 2019 - 1:43 pm
Suspects Church-Henderson

The Livingston Police Department announced the arrest of two Department of Public Works employees who are accused of burglarizing homes for guns while on their shift.  

Livingston Police Chief Randy Dufrene said numerous firearms were reported missing from this particular residence on November 25.  He said that during the investigation that followed, and the help of newly installed video surveillance cameras, it was learned that this same home was targeted again – on December 2, just before 8:00 a.m. while the victims were still asleep inside.  

Two suspects were able to quickly be identified as 37-year-old Kelby Henderson of Livingston & 24-year-old Adam Church of Albany.  

Church was located following a routine traffic stop.  Police say that during the course of that stop, Church was found to be in possession of several of the stolen firearms.  According to Dufrene, Henderson was also quickly taken into custody on December 2.  With the assistance of the Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office, a search warrant was executed on Kelby’s residence where more stolen firearms were also recovered.

"Through our investigation, it was also learned that Church and Henderson were both employees with the Livingston Parish Department of Public works," said Dufrene.  "During the investigation, it was found that the burglaries were committed using a parish vehicle while both employees were on the clock."

"Two Parish DPW employees were arrested yesterday on suspicion of criminal activity," said Parish President Layton Ricks.  "From information provided by law enforcement, some of this illegal activity could have been committed during work hours and while using a Parish vehicle.  Upon learning of these accusations, my office instituted termination proceedings immediately in accordance with our policies. This should in no way be a reflection on our DPW workers.  Our DPW employees work extremely hard for the constituents of Livingston Parish.  Our office will cooperate fully with the law enforcement investigation into this matter.”

Both Church and Henderson are in the Livingston Parish Detention Center. 

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