Third man flushed in BREC's two-ply theft
BATON ROUGE - Police arrested a third man they say is rolled up in a toilet paper scheme that cost taxpayers $2600.
Officers charged Tim Tran, 41, with possession of stolen goods and resisting arrest.
An arrest report says former BREC warehouse manager Cordell Curtis gave approximately 90 cases, or 8620 rolls of toilet paper, to his friend who would then sell it to Tran.
Tran is accused of keeping the cases at his store, Tim's Wholesale, on Florida Blvd.
Detectives went to Tran's warehouse looking for the Nibroc two-ply toilet paper brand.
According to the report, Tran told them he didn't have any of the toilet paper matching what was stolen. When officers went through his warehouse, with Tran's permission, they found 76 cases of the toilet paper on his shelf.
Police say Tran could not give them proof of purchase.
When officers returned later, only ten cases of the matching toilet paper remained. Investigators said Tran still could not produce a purchase order and he ordered the officers off his property.
Police then arrested Tran and booked him in to parish prison.
Tran's attorney, Lance Unglesby, commented, "Tim is an upstanding member of the community who has done all of his business out in the open. He looks forward to resolving any misunderstanding and putting this all behind him."
BREC first tipped off police when the company was notified of the alleged theft.