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One Suspect Arrested; St. Landry Parish Still Seek Other Suspect in Copper Wiring Thefts

One man has been arrested in connection with copper wiring thefts from mobile homes in the area, and the St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office put out a warrant for a second man in connection with the thefts, officials told a newsman.

The arrested suspect was booked into the St. Landry Parish Jail on three counts of simple criminal damage to property, due to damage sustained when the copper wiring was removed, one count of theft, and one count of failure to report an accident. A Warrant has been issued for the arrest of the second suspect, who is also wanted for theft, simple criminal damage to property (three counts), aggravated criminal damage to property and failure to report an accident.

The Sheriff’s Office revealed that the arrest and warrant were a result of an incident on Mar. 17, when their office received a report of robbery and criminal damage to property in Opelousas. The unidentified caller told police that two suspects were seen removing copper wiring from several mobile homes in the area.

That same caller also told the Sheriff’s office that the two suspects fled the area, and that the caller’s son was following a four-door gray car the suspects were believed to be driving. The exact make of the car was not yet available. Sheriff’s Deputies explained to they were advised later that same night that the subjects had wrecked the gray car into a utility pole and another parked vehicle on Cushman Road in Opelousas. By the time St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Deputies arrived on the scene, they discovered that the suspects had abandoned their vehicle.

Deputies reported to officials that they were unable to locate the suspects at that time, though they were seen fleeing on foot through an open field in the area. Further details weren’t readily available about the initial incident. The Sheriff’s office is still looking for the second suspect in the copper wiring thefts, though details about the man are limited. Anyone with information is asked to contact the area Sheriff’s Office.

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