Orange woman arrested, man sought in aggravated burglary

Lea D. Pence, 33, and two men, also from Orange, are accused of stealing two firearms, a cellphone and more items from a home on Samuel Johnson Road in Starks, Louisiana. (Photo courtesy of the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office)

A 33-year-old woman from Orange has been arrested for an aggravated burglary Monday in Louisiana where an 83-year-old man was found tied to his bed, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office announced in a news release.

Lea D. Pence, 33, and two men, who are also from Orange, are accused of stealing two firearms, a cellphone and more items from a home on Samuel Johnson Road in Starks, Louisiana, the news release states.

The elderly man had been tied up for about seven hours, according to the sheriff’s office. He told investigators that he went to bed about 1 a.m. on April 24, but was awakened by two masked individuals tying him to the bed.

He was found later that morning by a Meals on Wheels employee making a delivery.

Pence and Thomas C. Henson, 32, were found Monday at a home in Orange. Henson was arrested by the Orange Police Department on narcotics charges, while Pence voluntarily met with sheriff’s detectives in Louisiana.

After detectives interviewed Pence she was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with aggravated burglary; theft of a firearm; theft over $750; cruelty to the infirmed; and false imprisonment while armed with a dangerous weapon. A judge set her bond at $117,500.

Police are still looking for Michael N. Helmer, a 43-year-old man from Orange who also goes by “Mikey Irish.”

Here’s more from the sheriff’s office statement:

After speaking with the victim further detectives learned a man and women had visited his home earlier in the month and stated they were looking for a place to stay. Detectives spoke with witnesses near the victim’s residence who stated the same two individuals were seen at the victim’s residence the day before the burglary.

After further investigation detectives were able to identify the two individuals that visited the victim’s home as Thomas C. Henson, 32, and Lea D. Pence, 33, both of Orange, Texas. Later the same evening CPSO detectives, with the assistance with Orange Police Department, located Henson and Pence at a residence in Orange. When detectives spoke with them they discovered Henson and Pence were in possession of the victim’s stolen cell phone, as well as other items that were taken from the home. Henson was arrested and booked by the Orange Police Department on narcotics charges. Pence voluntarily came to CPSO the meet with detectives. After detectives interviewed Pence she was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with aggravated burglary; theft of a firearm; theft over $750; cruelty to the infirmed; and false imprisonment while armed with a dangerous weapon. Judge Robert Wyatt set her bond at $117,500.

On April 25, detectives were able to identify Michael N. Helmer “Mikey Irish”,…

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