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Alleged Bucket-Wearing Burglar Caught by Police

When Richard Boudreaux arrived at his former employer, Kenney's Seafood, in Slidell, La., last week, he brought tools to break in and dressed in camouflage and gloves to leave no trace, police say.

Boudreaux, 23, brought everything for the alleged burglary except a mask. When he realized his mistake, police say, Boudreaux grabbed a bucket from the seafood market and threw it over his face.

With the bucket on his head, Boudreaux managed to steal $350 cash from his former employer, according to Capt. Kevin Foltz of the Slidell Police Department. The bucket disguise failed, however, when surveillance video allegedly captured a glimpse of Boudreaux's face and he was identified by authorities.

Police arrested Boudreaux at his home Monday and charged him with one count of simple burglary and one count of attempted burglary for the break-in he allegedly attempted at a nearby pawn shop, Jerry's Buy and Sell, before giving up and going home.

Boudreaux, also charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia at his home, told police he was having money issues and had "bad blood" with the owner of Kenney's Seafood. He also said he tried to break into the pawn shop to steal a gun because he was afraid of the possibility of future gun control laws being passed, according to a statement issued Tuesday by police.

Boudreaux faces up to 12 years in prison and a $2,000 fine for the burglary charges, Capt. Foltz said.

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