Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced one man was arrested and another is being sought for stealing merchandise from a department store in Mathews. Nolan Ross, 19, of Houma, was arrested for theft and resisting. Deputies are seeking to identify a second suspect and person of interest in the case.
At around 8:15 p.m. on Sunday, July 7, deputies responded to a shoplifting complaint at the Walmart Supercenter on LA Highway 1 in Mathews. Upon arrival, deputies learned two men had stolen a large television from the store. Deputies observed two men at the scene fitting the description of the suspects. As deputies began walking toward the men, they began running away toward LA 1. The two suspects then crossed LA 1 to the bayouside area near Bayou Lafourche. Deputies proceeded to the area and took one of the suspects into custody. That suspect was later identified as Nolan Ross. Deputies searched the area for the other suspect but were unable to locate him at that time.
Upon further investigation, deputies discovered Ross and a second male suspect stole a total of four televisions, a drone, and other items. Deputies located some of the stolen property in Ross’ car and returned it to the store.
Ross was booked into the Lafourche Parish Correctional Complex in Thibodaux. He was charged with Theft and Resisting an Officer. Bail is set at $1,500.
The investigation into the case is continuing. In addition to the second suspect, deputies are also seeking to identify a person of interest in the case – another male seen in the store with Ross. Anyone who can identify either of these individuals 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.