Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced two women have been charged with shoplifting following an incident which occurred Wednesday at a Mathews supermarket. Jaunna Bergeron (B/F, D.O.B. 04/27/83) of Raceland and Kelly Dunn (W/F, D.O.B. 06/05/76) of Paradis were both charged with theft. Deputies were able to locate the suspects by accessing information through a database shared by law enforcement agencies throughout Lafourche Parish.
On Wednesday afternoon, deputies responded to the Rouses Supermarket in Mathews in reference to a shoplifting complaint. Through investigation, deputies learned two women tried to steal several rib eye steaks by attempting to conceal them inside a purse. Loss-prevention employees at the store spotted one of the women and attempted to stop her, but she dropped the purse and ran toward a silver Chevrolet Impala parked nearby. She entered the car and fled the scene with the other woman. Employees only managed to give deputies a partial license plate number.
Utilizing the Law Enforcement Data System, also known as LEDS, deputies researched the partial plate number and found a match with a silver Impala belonging to Jaunna Bergeron. The system also showed Thibodaux Police arrested Bergeron and Dunn for shoplifting in February. Deputies made contact with the women, and they admitted to their involvement in Wednesdays incident. Each was issued a criminal summons for theft of goods.
Sheriff Webre said this crime was quickly solved due to sharing information. “Lafourche Parish is one of the only areas in the country where all law enforcement entities are sharing information through a single consolidated system,” said Sheriff Webre. “This is a small example of the benefits of LEDS, but it demonstrates how Lafourche Parish continues to be a national leader in the field of law enforcement technology.”
While some information regarding arrests is shared through national databases accessible to law enforcement entities throughout the country, LEDS provides immediate access to information obtained through even minor incidents.
“If someone is issued a citation for something as minor as a speeding violation, deputies must input that information into the system and it becomes accessible to all agencies,” said Sheriff Webre. “If that person later reports the vehicle as stolen, all the information is already in the system so that deputies can immediately begin searching for it. On the other hand, if that person or vehicle is later involved in a crime, the information will then be immediately and easily accessible to any jurisdiction conducting the investigation.”