String of East St. Tammany Burglaries Solved

An Alabama man temporarily living in Metairie is behind bars today after the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s office connected him with a months-long string of residential burglaries in the Slidell area.

Investigators arrested Jose Rosado-Ortiz (4850 General Rd, Apt 807, Mobile, AL – DOB: 3/13/1979) last Thursday.  So far, he has been linked to five burglaries in the Turtle Creek and French Branch subdivisions, as well as others scattered throughout eastern St. Tammany.  The first burglary occurred December 2nd in French Branch.  Investigators believe Rosado-Ortiz may be responsible for additional burglaries in the area, and the investigation continues.

As detectives and street crimes deputies were actively searching for a suspect last week, an attempted traffic stop turned into a vehicle pursuit on Old Spanish Trail in the Slidell area.  When the vehicle was eventually stopped, deputies discovered that the driver and sole vehicle occupant, Rosado-Ortiz, was in possession of several pieces of jewelry.  One item, an LSU class ring, matched exactly the description of a ring stolen in a burglary the previous day.

During questioning, Rosado-Ortiz admitted his involvement in the burglaries.  Some of the items he stole were still in his possession and he is working with investigators to identify and locate the remaining stolen property.

All of the burglaries occurred during the day at residences where no one was home.  During each burglary, jewelry was stolen; in a few cases, guns were stolen as well.

Rosado-Ortiz has been booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail for eight counts of simple burglary, one count of theft of a firearm, one count of aggravated flight from an officer and one count of resisting an officer.  His bond has been set at $50,000.  Other charges are expected as the investigation continues.

Investigators are working with the homeowners to identify and return their recovered property.