Last Tuesday, two men in Louisiana who were wanted for multiple theft offenses since last August were taken into custody and jailed for the allegations.
On August 26, 2022, a tree service company in Calhoun found that five of their chainsaws adorned with the company name were missing. They suspected that they had been stolen, and they notified the authorities. The owner believed they knew who swiped the chainsaws when someone who purchased two of them revealed the identities of the men whom they bought them from.
Approximately one month later, on September 20, the West Monroe Police Department received a report that someone broke into a mechanic’s business and burglarized four of the vehicles. The suspect was recognized by the alleged victim when reviewing the surveillance footage, and when they gave the person’s identity to the police, it was believed that the man was one of the same suspects involved in the alleged chainsaw thefts.
On the same day, someone from Cash Bingo alerted the police that they were the victim of an armed robbery by two white men, later reportedly identified as the men from the previous alleged thefts.
On February 7, both men were taken into custody and booked into the Ouachita County Detention Facility. Each is facing preliminary charges of felony theft, armed robbery, burglary from a motor vehicle, identity theft, and illegal possession of stolen items.
One is being held in lieu of a $262,500 bond, and the second man was jailed on a $273,000 bond.
The owner of the mechanic shop assessed that they took a loss of $1,000 worth of damage to the shop, in addition to the loss of at least $1,000 worth of tools.
If you or someone you love is suspected of a theft offense, contact Orange County criminal defense lawyer Staycie R. Sena at (949) 477-8088 for a consultation now.