An arrest has been made in relation to the June 2 burglary of a church in DeRidder.
Ricky Isler is alleged to be the man on the security footage breaking into a local church.
Surveillance video showed a man, allegedly Ricky Isler, breaking the window of a church and making several attempts to get inside the building.
Isler was arrested on Monday and charged with simple burglary and institutional vandalism. He was booked into the Beauregard Parish Jail and is being held on a $100,000 bond.
The law defines simple burglary as the “unauthorized entering of any dwelling, vehicle, watercraft, or other structure, movable or immovable or any cemetery, with the intent to commit a felony or any theft therein.”
Simple burglary comes with a fine “not more than $2,000, imprisoned with or without hard labor for not more than 12 years or both.”
The penalty for misdemeanor institutional vandalism states the offender be fined “no more than $500 or imprisoned for not more than six months, or both.”
The penalty for felony institutional vandalism states that “the offender may be fined not more than $5000 or imprisoned with or without hard labor for not more than five years, or both.”
Institutional vandalism is part of Louisiana’s hate crime legislation.