Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced a reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of a suspect wanted for stealing from a payment drop box at a public utility office.
In May 2018, officials at Lafourche Parish Water District #1 received calls from customers who claimed to have made payments which were never received by the water district. In each case, the payment was dropped off in the payment drop box just outside the front door of the water district’s office. In reviewing surveillance video, both customers were seen utilizing the drop box over the weekend of May 12 and 13, 2018. As officials continued watching surveillance video recorded on May 13, they observed another man appear to stick his hand and arm in the drop box. The man returned several times in a disguise that included a jacket and something to cover his face. Each time he returned, he reached into the box and retrieved envelopes.
Investigators are asking for the public’s help to identify this suspect. Anyone who may know the identity of the suspect is asked to submit a tip anonymously through Crime Stoppers Bayou Region by phone at 1-800-743-7433 or online at www.crimestoppersbr.org. Tips can also be submitted using the P3 Tips app on your mobile device. Tipsters could be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000 in cash if the information leads to an arrest.
If payments are to be made at the office of the Lafourche Parish Water District, Sheriff Webre and Water District officials encourage residents to make payments in person whenever possible. If it is necessary to use the outdoor payment drop box after hours or on weekends, residents are encouraged to use a check made payable to Lafourche Parish Water District #1.