Police catch suspected "Brownie Bandit" red-handed

Jamon Simoneaux (Source: Gonzales Police Department)
Jamon Simoneaux (Source: Gonzales Police Department)

GONZALES, LA (WAFB) - Police arrested a young man with an apparent sweet tooth who is suspected of breaking into a bakery shop and only stealing sugary treats, especially brownies.

The Gonzales Police Department said Jamon Simoneaux, 18, broke into Junmonville's Bakery in Gonzales six times and tried to break into it on three other occasions in less than two weeks.

"Dubbed him the 'Brownie Bandit' because he had a fetish for chocolate covered brownies with fudge covering and he had a sweet tooth for sugar cookies," said Detective Steve Nethken, with the Gonzales Police Department.

The owner of the bakery says the brownie recipe is an old family recipe favorite.  "It's a chewy brownie and it's very good," said Pat Jumonville.  She says the first break-in, they noticed candy and the gumball machine destroyed.  Potato chips and hot fries were also missing.  But the last few times, the brownies were the target.

They added nothing else was ever taken, but the lost revenue from the stolen treats began to add up for the business.

Detectives said they pretty much caught him with his hand in the cookie jar.  "He had a bag full of the chocolate covered brownies.  We knew we had our guy," said Det. Nethken.

During questioning, authorities said Simoneaux admitted he was the one responsible for taking the treats.  Det. Nethken says Simoneaux said he really liked the brownies.  The detective also added, as far as he knows, the jail does not serve sweet treats.

He was booked into the Ascension Parish Prison on six counts of simple burglary and four counts of simple criminal damage to property.

Bond had not been set for him as of Friday morning.

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