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Leesville man pleads guilty to burglary on the Fort Polk military post

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Louisiana

LAKE CHARLES, La. – United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced today that a Leesville resident pleaded guilty to burglarizing homes and a truck on the Fort Polk military installation.

Dakota Cole Yarbrough, 22, of Leesville, La., pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Patricia Minaldi to one count of simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling.  According to the guilty plea, Yarbrough was driven to the outskirts of the Fort Polk base around 10 p.m., on August 5, 2015. He then illicitly crossed the fence onto the installation.  Once on Fort Polk, he illegally entered two residences where families were sleeping and stole personal belongings from the homes.  He also broke into and stole items from a pickup truck. The Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office found many of the stolen items in Yarbrough’s residence after a search on August 10, 2015.

Yarbrough faces 12 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a $2,000 fine. A sentencing date of June 9, 2016 was set.

The Fort Polk Directorate of Emergency Services and the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney David C. Joseph prosecuted the case.

Updated March 3, 2016