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  • Former postal worker sentenced for stealing

    August 8, 2015 11:06 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. - Authorities say a former postal worker has been sentenced to a year and 8 months in prison for stealing from the U.S. Postal Service and for using information from stolen mail for identity theft. Chief U.S. District Judge Brian Jackson of Baton Rouge also ordered 38-year-old... more »
  • California proposes historic $1.5M fine for taking water

    July 20, 2015 3:19 PM

    SACRAMENTO - The California water board has proposed the first-of-its-kind, $1.5 million fine for water-taking during the drought. The move announced Monday targets a group of Central Valley farmers. The State Water Resources Control Board said it's proposing the first fines of this kind for a water district with century-old... more »
  • Caretaker accused of stealing from elderly man

    April 17, 2015 6:59 AM

    GREENWELL SPRINGS - East Baton Rouge sheriff's deputies say a woman hired to care for an elderly man has been arrested after it was learned that the woman had allegedly charged close to $10,900 on his credit card. The Advocate reports Jackie Carlene Gann was hired in May 2014 by... more »
  • Police warn of 'Grinches' looking to steal gifts check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    December 10, 2014 5:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Police say 15 mailboxes were broken into overnight at an apartment complex in Baton Rouge. Investigators said while they weren't sure if the thieves were after shipped gifts or just the personal information found in people's mail, it's a sad example of Christmas Grinches looking to cash... more »
  • December court date set for BESE member Walter Lee

    October 12, 2014 2:15 PM

    MANSFIELD, La. - A new court date has been set for a state education board member accused of stealing public funds through double-dipping. Board of Elementary and Secondary Education member Walter Lee will be in a DeSoto Parish courtroom Dec. 10. The date was set last week during a pretrial... more »
  • Accused pastry bandit a no show at council meeting

    August 12, 2014 10:23 PM

    BAKER - Council member John Givens was absent from Tuesday's city council meeting where residents were hoping to share their frustration over his recent arrest with him. Givens faces charges in a bizarre argument at a store , where he is accused of eating a pastry and not paying... more »
  • Man accused of stealing crawfish from traps

    April 17, 2014 7:01 AM

    CROWLEY - Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries agents have arrested a 39-year-old Crowley man who is accused of stealing crawfish from traps in an Acadia Parish pond. Sheriff Wayne Melancon said Jason Paul Mire faces up to 10 years in prison at hard labor and a fine up to $3,000. Melancon... more »
  • "Wall of Shame" targets accused burglars check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 12, 2014 9:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Circle K gas stations in the LSU area have put up pictures of people managers accuse of stealing from the stores. Pictures of the accused criminals have been plastered on front windows, creating a "wall of shame." A few of the photos show alleged criminals walking... more »
  • IPSO investigates internal theft check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    January 2, 2014 4:40 PM

    PLAQUEMINE- An Iberville Parish Sheriff's Office employee is the target of a criminal investigation after the department said she confessed to stealing thousands of dollars. Veteran deputy Destiny St. Angelo resigned late last month and could face felony charges. She's accused of stealing criminal fine payments dating back to... more »
  • Man arrested for stealing neighbor's water

    November 20, 2013 3:08 PM

    THIBODAUX- A 28-year-old Thibodaux man has been arrested for stealing his neighbor's utility service. Tyrone Scott Jr. was arrested Tuesday on a charge of theft of utility service after a neighbor reported seeing him running his a water hose from outside their home into his home next door. Police had... more »
  • Second scamming suspect arrested

    November 18, 2013 12:07 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A woman accused of scamming a person with Alzheimer's has been arrested. Faye Cooper Smith was taken into custody by the Baker Police Department during a traffic stop. She and Dustin Gant are accused of stealing more than $50,000 from the victim. Police say they... more »
  • Hotel employee accused of pocketing deposits

    October 1, 2013 8:53 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Deputies say an employee at the Renaissance hotel in Baton Rouge is accused of stealing more than $34,000 from hotel safe deposits and altering financial records to cover his tracks. East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff's deputies issued an arrest warrant for 38-year-old Matthew D. Dziadosz on... more »
  • Crossbow murder

    September 9, 2013 7:18 PM

    EUREKA, CALIFORNIA- Authorities are on the hunt for a man and a 16-year-old girl suspected of killing one man with a crossbow and wounding another. The wounded man was hit three times with arrows and was released from a hospital. The dead man was found nearby and had been shot... more »
  • Woman booked with stealing $103K from restaurant

    June 4, 2013 8:47 AM

    BELLE CHASSE- A 38-year-old Terrytown woman has been booked with felony theft for allegedly stealing over $103,000 from the Belle Chasse restaurant she managed. The Times-Picayune reports Plaquemines Parish sheriff's deputies arrested Kristen Carroll on Friday. Sheriff Lonnie Greco said Carroll was employed there from July 2011 until June 2012.... more »
  • "X Factor" contestant arrested after stealing car in Slidell

    April 16, 2013 2:58 PM

    SLIDELL - A Florida man, who was in south Louisiana for auditions of the reality television show "The X Factor", has been arrested on a slew of charges after stealing a car and leading police on a high speed chase. Around 8:15pm Monday night, Slidell Police say a man... more »
  • DHH employee accused of misappropriating funds

    March 1, 2013 11:46 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals employee is accused of misappropriating public funds. DHH's Bureau of Health Care Integrity conducted an internal investigation and found the employee allegedly misappropriated more than $800,000 in public funds by depositing checks made payable to DHH into a non-DHH account,... more »
  • Shreveport woman accused of stealing from church

    December 5, 2012 7:41 AM

    SHREVEPORT - A Shreveport woman has been arrested on charges she stole more than $100,000 from a local church. The Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office says 63-year-old Evelyn Brown, a volunteer treasurer at Broadmoor Christian Church in Shreveport, fraudulently accessed church bank accounts and transferred roughly $104,000 into an unused... more »
  • Gretna woman sentenced for stealing SS funds

    November 22, 2012 11:17 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- A 76-year-old Gretna woman has been sentenced to three years of probation for theft of government funds. U.S. District Judge Susie Morgan sentenced Shirley A. Bunda on Wednesday and ordered her to pay restitution to the Social Security Administration in the amount of $133,297. U.S. Attorney Jim Letten's... more »
  • Accountant accused of spending stolen $360K on strippers

    October 15, 2012 4:16 PM

    MINDEN - A 36-year-old Bossier City accountant is accused of stealing at least $360,000 from the Minden construction company where he worked, and allegedly gave much of the money to strippers. Webster Parish sheriff's Detective Scott Tucker tells the Minden Press-Herald that Murlin Dale Graham estimates about $10,000 of the... more »
  • Prairieville man arrested for stealing car with infant inside

    August 10, 2012 4:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Ascension Parish deputies arrested a man after he allegedly stole a vehicle with an infant still inside. Sheriff Jeff Wiley said 24 year-old Juan Carlos Funez-Matute was charged with Auto Theft and Simple Kidnapping. Deputies responded to a call from the Popingo on the corner... more »
  • 2 arrested for stealing from Watson Walmart

    August 10, 2012 2:29 PM

    Watson- Two people accused of stealing from a Walmart in Livingston Parish, are now under arrest. Deputies say Gina Gabel and Alvin Johnson walked into the Walmart in Watson Thursday morning, walked to the electronics section, and loaded two computers and a computer desk into a shopping cart. ... more »
  • Ex-N.O. pastor to be sentenced for stealing $1M

    July 12, 2012 7:37 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A former New Orleans church pastor is scheduled to be sentenced Thursday for stealing nearly $1 million in disaster loan payments meant to rebuild the church after Hurricane Katrina. Toris Young faces a maximum of 10 years in prison when he is sentenced by U.S. District... more »
  • Man booked in twin-span scrap scam

    June 25, 2012 5:43 PM

    COVINGTON- A Metairie man has been arrested, accused of stealing about $750,000 worth of scrap materials from the old twin-span bridge connecting the north and south shores of Lake Pontchartrain. St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Jack Strain said Monday that 34-year-old Jason Hedges was booked with one count of theft over... more »
  • Two arrested for stealing copper from FEMA trailers

    June 11, 2012 11:50 AM

    HOLDEN - Livingston Parish Deputies arrested two men last week for stealing power cords from FEMA trailers near Holden to get the copper inside. Deputies arrested Colt Anthony Pittman, 27, of Springfield and James A. Hood, 23, of Holden on burglary and theft charges. Investigators said the men... more »
  • Conn. man accidentally dials 911 while stealing

    March 26, 2012 12:35 PM

    SOUTHINGTON, Conn. - Authorities say a Connecticut man accidentally dialed 911 from his cellphone while stealing about 700 pounds of scrap metals. Police say the 46-year-old man was arrested after the robbery from a Southington merchant. WFSB-TV reports he was charged Thursday with third-degree criminal trespassing and sixth-degree larceny. He... more »
  • Man caught on camera stealing change machine

    December 13, 2011 11:40 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Sheriff's deputies released photos today of a man caught on camera stealing an entire change machine from an East Baton Rouge Parish car wash. Casey Hicks with the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office said the theft happened early the morning of Nov. 28 at the LA... more »
  • Thieves stealing metal grates from Hammond streets

    July 3, 2011 10:00 AM

    HAMMOND, La.- Thieves are stealing metal drainage gates from Hammond streets and sidewalks and officials believe they are being sold to recyclers. The Daily Star reported public works director Buddy Ridgel said the problem seems to be accelerating. About two dozen have been taken recently, leaving 24-inch-by-24-inch holes... more »
  • Alleged car wash thieves arrested

    May 11, 2011 11:49 AM

    LIVINGSTON - Livingston Parish detectives have arrested two men and a teenage boy for allegedly stealing money from cash receptacles at Denny's Auto Spa in Livingston. Detectives say Donald Jason Methvien, 19, Christopher Stoetzner, 25, and a 15-year-old boy stole from the business at least seven times. ... more »
  • Deputies: Woman admits to stealing TVs

    March 12, 2011 5:08 PM

    CENTRAL, La.- East Baton Rouge Sheriff's deputies say a woman turned herself in and admitted to stealing televisions from Walmarts in Central and Walker. Tabitha Williams, 24, of Denham Springs, told deputies she and her boyfriend, 32-year-old Ronnie Covington Jr., of Denham Springs, worked together to steal the televisions,... more »
  • EBRSO looking for man seen stealing a wallet

    January 21, 2011 2:36 PM

    East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Detectives are looking for a man in connection with a stolen wallet. Authorities say the man stole the wallet at the Wal-Mart at 10606 N. Mall Drive. They say the man walked up behind the victim while she was in the produce department and... more »
  • Men spotted on camera stealing from company

    December 20, 2010 5:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Authorities are asking for the public’s help identifying two men caught on camera stealing from a construction company in the area. According to the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office, on Nov. 20 two men cut through a chain link fence at PALA Interstate on Old Hammond... more »
  • Two arrested and charged with theft

    December 2, 2010 3:28 PM

    PONCHATOULA- Two people are behind bars in Tangipahoah Parish, accused of stealing gas tanks from a convenience store. 32-year-old James Brian Babb and 24-year-old Jill Schehr were arrested after investigators identified them through surveillance video at the store. Authorities said the video showed the two stealing seven propane... more »
  • Police: Man admits to stealing Toys for Tots donations

    November 30, 2010 7:13 PM

    SULPHUR, La. - A Lake Charles man has been arrested for stealing thousands of dollars worth of toys that were meant for children of low-income families. After getting several tips about the theft, Sulphur Police detectives and Calcasieu Parish sheriff's deputies were led to 45-year-old Johnny Pappillion, who confessed to... more »
  • Woman admits to stealing IDs, filing false returns

    October 27, 2010 10:54 AM

    A third person has pleaded guilty to stealing personal information from nursing home patients in Louisiana and using it to file dozens of false tax returns. 42-year-old Levonne Stewart of Baton Rouge entered her plea in district court yesterday, and could face between two and 32 years in prison and... more »
  • Man indicted in theft of 200 fire extinguishers

    August 26, 2010 6:37 AM

    An employee of the LSU Fire and Emergency Training Institute who is accused of stealing and selling 200 fire extinguishers has been indicted by a Baton Rouge grand jury. William Landry of Albany is charged with one count of felony theft for trying to sell the FEMA-donated fire extinguishers for... more »
  • 7 postal workers charged in N.O.

    June 18, 2010 6:48 AM

    Seven postal workers have been charged in New Orleans with stealing or illegally discarding mail. The charges announced Thursday against the seven individuals are contained in four separate indictments handed up by federal grand juries. Mail theft charges were filed against 29-year-old Deshondra Simmons, of Houma; 37-year-old Tamara Bernard, of... more »
  • K-9 catches suspected coin thief

    June 10, 2010 4:14 PM

    A man suspected of robbing a coin store has been caught. 23-year-old Joshua Michael Moore, Denham Springs, was charged with one count of burglary and two counts of resisting arrest for stealing more than $5,000 worth of coins from Denham Springs business, ‘The Coin Guy.’ Around 2:30 this morning, a... more »
  • Ex-claims adjuster sentenced

    June 3, 2010 6:21 AM

    A former claims adjuster has been sentenced to 46 months in prison for stealing nearly $300,000 from a worker's compensation group in Lafayette. Edward Paul Verdin, of Franklin, pleaded guilty to mail fraud and money laundering. Over a two-year period, prosecutors say Verdin diverted over $297,000 from the Louisiana Oilfield... more »
  • La. business owner arrested in theft case

    February 26, 2010 5:06 AM

    A Shreveport business owner and her only employee have been arrested on suspicion of stealing from a customer. The Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office says USA Wholesale owner Janice Lawrence used bank information belonging to a Mississippi pharmacy to make unauthorized charges and billed the pharmacy for more than $11,000 in... more »
  • Apartment manager arrested in theft

    November 6, 2009 5:52 AM

    East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's deputies arrested a Baton Rogue woman accused of stealing more than $12,000 from her employer, Family Manor Apartments. According to deputies, Shanetria Parker, who was a manager at the complex, took tenants' rent money by making their money orders out to herself. Police say she... more »
  • Police officers admit stealing from man after crash

    November 5, 2009 1:01 PM

    UPDATE: Two St. Gabriel police officers surrendered to Louisiana State Police Thursday after investigators say they admitted stealing money from a man after he died in a car crash. Keith Snowten and Rodrick Wesley are charged with theft and malfeasance in office. The crash happened in August. State Police say... more »
  • Banker accused of stealing over $178,000

    September 22, 2009 9:49 PM

    A personal banker from Baton Rouge could face up to 10 years in prison for embezzling money. 35-year-old Jeremy J. Rayburn is accused of stealing money from a JP Morgan Chase Bank in Metairie, LA. Rayburn is accused of stealing more than $178,000 from May 2066 to July 2007.... more »

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