WWL First News received this news release from the St. Bernard Sheriff's Office Thursday afternoon:
A Chalmette man who had offered a neighbor his cell phone to call police when she came home from evacuating Hurricane Isaac to find she was burglarized, was arrested as the culprit a short time later, Sheriff James Pohlmann said.
John Canale Jr., 28, 2905 Palmisano Blvd., will be booked with looting the home of a couple who lived nearby and had left for the hurricane, the sheriff said. He was taken into custody about 1 p.m. Thursday.
But Canale, who will also be booked with possession of firearms by a convicted felon, was taken to a hospital by ambulance for treatment of a possible overdose when he admitted he had used heroin.
Numerous guns stolen in the burglary, along with jewelry, money and other items were recovered in Canale's residence during a search by sheriff's detectives, said Sheriff Pohlmann, who said good police work led to the arrest.