Deputies Recover Stolen Roofing Shingles During Traffic Stop

Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced the arrest of two men after deputies found stolen roofing shingles inside their vehicle. Ricky Williams (49, B/M) and Fonquel Fowler (23, B/M), both of Gonzales, were arrested following a traffic stop on Tuesday. 
 
At around 7:45 p.m. on Tuesday, November 18, patrol deputies in the area of Talbot Avenue in Thibodaux observed a small car with a brake light that was not working and initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle. The deputies had noticed the car was exiting a subdivision wherein several houses were under construction, and the rear of the car appeared to be weighted down as if something heavy was in the trunk. Deputies made contact with the driver, identified him as Ricky Williams, who indicated his driver’s license was suspended. When deputies asked Williams if he was working on any of the houses, Williams said he was not and added that he had simply entered the subdivision to turn his car around. Deputies also made contact with the passenger, identified as Fonquel Fowler, and noticed several packs of roofing shingles in the back seat of the vehicle. Williams initially told deputies he had purchased the shingles, but through investigation, deputies discovered the shingles had been stolen from a construction site in the subdivision. They were able to locate the owner and return the stolen property. Deputies also discovered Williams had an outstanding warrant for Contempt of Court out of Thibodaux City Court.
 
Both Williams and Fowler were placed under arrest, transported to the Lafourche Parish Detention Center in Thibodaux, and booked with Felony Theft. Williams was additionally booked with driving under suspension and per the outstanding warrant, and he was released on Wednesday after posting $7,000 bond as set by Judge Ashly Bruce Simpson. Fowler was also released on Wednesday after posting $2,000 bond as set by Judge Simpson.

Deputies Recover Stolen Roofing Shingles During Traffic Stop

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