Suspect identified in Hammond business burglary

HAMMOND – The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance in locating a man accused of robbing a Hammond business.

TPSO Chief Deputy Jimmy Travis says the person of interest in the burglary of Grilliot Construction has been identified as 45-year-old Thomas Mutz of Amite.

TPSO officials said earlier this week, several deer camera images of Mutz were released in which Mutz was quickly identified through many tips coming in via social media, Crime Stoppers of Tangipahoa, and law enforcement officers who were familiar with him.

Through the course of the investigation, it was learned Mutz broke into a storage container and took several tools, chainsaws, and other items, as well as the deer cameras that took his picture. When Mutz removed the cameras from the location, he unknowingly activated them, sending photos of himself to the owner’s phone.

Mutz currently has warrants for burglary and failure to appear.

Anyone with information regarding the location Mutz’s location should contact Detective Bobby Bradberry at 985-902-2045 or call Crime Stoppers of Tangipahoa’s anonymous tip line at 1-800-554-5245 or visit www.tangicrimestoppers.com. You may be eligible for a cash reward.

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