Parish man, woman arrested for burglary

Published 4:08 pm Wednesday, February 27, 2019

William Earl Brumfield Sr., 38, and Loretta Ridgedell Easterling, 33, both residents of the same location on Mizell Loop Road, are in the Washington Parish Jail and charged with burglary of a residence and failure to appear in court, according to Chief Deputy Mike Haley of the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office.

William Brumfield Sr.

Haley said that bond for Brumfield has been set at $12,500, while Easterling’s bond is $10,000.

According to Haley, the investigation began early in February when Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office Lt. Chris Hickman responded to a report of the residential burglary. During the burglary, a television and money were taken.

“WPSO detectives followed up on the information provided by Hickman,” Haley said. “Through conversations with observant neighbors, they were able to affirm that Brumfield entered the residence while Easterling served as the getaway driver. Detectives obtained warrants for the pair and located and arrested them on Feb. 21, 2019.”

Haley said that both Brumfield and Easterling have previous arrests and stays in the Washington Parish Jail. Brumfield’s previous arrests were for distribution of illegal drugs and possession of stolen property. Easterling’s previous arrests were for failure to honor written promises and failure to appear in court.

Loretta Easterling

“The best place for thieves is inside the Washington Parish Jail,” Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal said. “I commend Lt. Hickman for his initial work on this case and our detectives for their persistence in identifying and arresting the thieves. This is another case of observant neighbors and law enforcement officers working together to solve a crime.

“This situation brings to mind an old song from the late 1950s, the title of which was ‘Get A Job.’ That is exactly what I recommend for these thieves.”