Lyle Boudreaux, star of CMT's reality series "Party Down South," may have been partying a bit too hard since becoming famous. He was arrested for burglary over the weekend, after allegedly swiping a credit card and wallet from a parked car.
Police arrested Boudreaux, 28, of Lafayette, Louisiana, after he allegedly tried to use the stolen credit card to open a bar tab, according to The Advertiser.
It's been said that Louisiana knows how to celebrate Mardi Gras, but now that the party is over, the reality star faces burglary charges.
Louisiana's Burglary Statute
In Louisiana, "simple burglary" is the unauthorized entry of any dwelling, vehicle, watercraft, or other movable or immovable structure with the intent to commit felony while inside. An unauthorized entry requires a criminal to break and enter into a place that doesn't belong to him.
For Boudreaux, it's alleged that he broke into a car parked outside a local bar without the owner's permission. Once he gained access to the vehicle, he apparently stole a wallet from a purse in the car, according to The Advertiser. TMZ even posted surveillance video of the alleged crime.
If convicted of simple burglary, Boudreaux could be fined up to $2,000. According to the law, a prison sentence of up to 12 years is also possible.
What About Theft?
Although the "Party Down South" star didn't actually use the stolen credit card before he was caught, the act of taking the credit card (and the wallet) could technically be considered theft, as he likely intended to permanently deprive its owner of those items.
Boudreaux's actions also suggest he could potentially be charged with identity theft. In Louisiana, a person is guilty of identity theft if he intentionally uses or attempts to use another person's credit card or identifying information without permission.
In Boudreaux's case, he allegedly tried to use the stolen credit card at a bar, but suspicious bartenders questioned him over the name on the card before calling police.
Hopefully, this incident will teach Boudreaux that it's one thing to "Party Down South," but a true Southern gentleman always pays for himself.
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