Sheriff Craig Webre announced the arrest of Donald Crochet (age 49) of Thibodaux on Thursday, September 24 after a report of a stolen iPhone led investigators to uncover approximately 23 pounds of marijuana at his residence.
On Thursday afternoon, deputies received a call that a Lake Charles resident had his Apple iPhone stolen at a football game tailgate party over the weekend, and it might be located in the Thibodaux area. The man had used the “Find iPhone” application to determine the phone’s possible location at a residence on Pleasure Lane in Thibodaux. Deputies responded to the residence on Pleasure Lane and made contact with the owner of the residence, Donald Crochet, who initially denied any knowledge of the incident. Through further questioning, however, Crochet eventually admitted to attending the football game and taking the phone after it was left unattended. Crochet claimed he no longer had the device and consented to a search. Crochet also admitted to having approximately two pounds of marijuana in his attic. Detectives obtained a search warrant and discovered 23 re-sealable plastic storage bags containing a combined total of approximately 23 pounds of marijuana of various grades, along with drug paraphernalia. Investigators also located the protective case for the stolen iPhone. The marijuana seized has a street value of approximately $50,000.
Crochet was arrested and booked into the Lafourche Parish Detention Center on charges of Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana and Illegal Possession of Stolen Things. He was also charged with Simple Criminal Damage to Property due to discarding the stolen iPhone in the trash. He was released Friday morning after posting $6,000 bond.