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Sheriff: Motel burglars identified, arrested

Two alleged burglars and their accomplice were arrested Wednesday by the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office, according to WPSO Chief Deputy Mike Haley.

A construction worker who was staying at a motel south of Bogalusa reported that his property had been stolen from his room while he was away, Haley said. Deputies responded, interviewed the victim and viewed surveillance video from the motel.

Haley said that the investigation led deputies to the room next to the victim’s room, where they encountered Kayla Leann Burge Myres, 31, a resident of Avenue E in Bogalusa. Myres was reportedly in possession of some of the stolen items.

She was arrested and booked into the Washington Parish Jail for possession of stolen property.

Haley said that further investigation identified two men who were seen on video entering the victim’s room. Both suspects were located the following day and arrested for the crime.

David L. Magee, Sr., 39, a resident of Avenue F in Bogalusa, was arrested and jailed for burglary. Also arrested was Isiah Agusta Wasp, 38, a resident of St. Louis Street in Bogalusa. He, too, was jailed on a burglary charge.

Magee has two previous Washington Parish arrests, Haley said. In July of 2016, he was jailed on charges of possession of illegal drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia. In March of 2018, he was in jail for possession of heroin, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of counterfeit money.

Isiah Wasp

Haley said that Wasp has three previous stays in the Washington Parish Jail. In September of 2007, he was arrested for possession of illegal drugs. In June of 2020, he was jailed for possession of illegal drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia and failure to appear in court. His third previous arrest was October of 2020 for failure to appear in court.

“I’m so pleased our officers were able to make these arrests and recover some of the stolen property,” Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal said. “There is no better place for a burglar than the Washington Parish Jail. We always have room for anyone who wants to prey on innocent persons.”

Kayla Myres