DNA Evidence Leads to Arrest for Vehicle Burglaries

Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced DNA evidence has led to the arrest of a Raceland man for vehicle burglaries in the Raceland area in April 2019. Tyrese Thomas, 20, faces multiple counts of burglary and attempted burglary.

On the morning of April 25, 2019, several vehicles were reported to have burglarized overnight in the area of LA Highway 653 in Raceland. Several items of value were stolen during the burglaries. Deputies responded to each burglary and investigated. DNA evidence was collected and submitted to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for processing.

Detectives received results of the DNA testing which identified Tyrese Thomas as the suspect. On September 3, 2019, detectives made contact with Thomas and he admitted to his involvement in several vehicle burglaries.

Thomas was arrested and booked into the Lafourche Parish Correctional Complex in Thibodaux. He was charged with six counts of Simple Burglary of a Motor Vehicle and two counts of Attempted Simple Burglary. He was released on September 4 after posting $35,000 bail.

These burglaries remain under investigation as detectives believe Thomas did not act alone. Anyone with additional information on other possible suspects in these crimes 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.

Tyrese Thomas
Tyrese Thomas

Cut Off Man Arrested for Felony Theft from Employer

Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre reported a Cut Off man has been arrested for theft from a private business at which he is employed. Robby Gisclair, 41, is charged with Felony Theft in the investigation.

A local business owner contacted the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office this week on suspicion that Gislcair, an employee, had stolen thousands of dollars of inventory from the business since 2016. Through investigation, detectives obtained a search warrant for Gisclair’s property and discovered several items which were reportedly stolen from the business inventory.

Gisclair was arrested and booked with Felony Theft. He was subsequently released after posting $5,000 bail.

This investigation is continuing.

Robby Gisclair Robby Gisclair

Man Charged with Third DWI After Blood Alcohol Level Found Over Four Times Legal Limit

Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre and Golden Meadow Chief of Police Reggie Pitre announced a man was arrested for DWI after deputies found his blood alcohol level was more than four and a half times the legal limit. Clint Cheramie, 42, of Golden Meadow was arrested on Monday night.

Just before 7:30 p.m. on Monday, September 2, an officer with the Golden Meadow Police Department found a vehicle to be traveling at a rate of speed of 70 miles per hour in an area with a posted speed limit of 50 miles per hour. The officer activated lights and sirens, and the vehicle slowed but did not initially stop. Finally, after traveling some distance, the driver finally pulled the vehicle over. The officer identified the driver as Clint Cheramie. Due to suspicion of impairment, the officer conducted a field sobriety test on which Cheramie performed poorly.

Cheramie was transported to the South Lafourche Sub-station where LPSO deputies assisted with the investigation. Cheramie submitted to a breathalyzer test which found him to have a blood alcohol level of .364% – more than four and a half times the legal limit. Deputies also found he had two previous DWI arrests, one in 2017 and most recently in July 2019.

Cheramie was charged with DWI (3rd Offense), Speeding, and Resisting an Officer. He was released after posting $15,000 bail.

Clint Cheramie Clint Cheramie

Seat Belt Checkpoints Slated for September 4 and 12

Sheriff Craig Webre announced the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office will conduct seat belt checkpoints in Lafourche Parish during the daytime hours of September 4, 2019, and September 12, 2019. During these checkpoints, deputies will be checking motorists for seat belt and safety seat violations, as well as for proper inspection tags and other potential violations. Checkpoints are designed to help raise awareness for these types of violations and make the highways of the parish safer for all motorists.

LPSO to Participate in Back to School Distracted Driving Enforcement Campaign

Sheriff Craig Webre announced the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office will be joining forces with law enforcement agencies throughout the state to combat distracted driving in school zones. This is part of a statewide effort entitled the Back to School Distracted Driving Enforcement Campaign. The purpose of the campaign, slated for September 3-6, 2019, is to raise awareness for the ban of handheld cell phone use in school zones through a coordinated statewide effort.

Motorists are expected to be particularly attentive while driving in areas where children are present such as school zones. The use of cell phones is prohibited in school zones where signs are present indicating a “hands-free” zone. This means that use of a cell phone or similar device is prohibited within the school zone unless the device can be used hands-free, such as with a Bluetooth headset.

“I understand as well as anyone how connected we are to our smartphones in 2019, but we must understand the significant dangers caused by using cell phones while driving,” said Sheriff Webre. “The safety of students, faculty and our school crossing guards remains a top priority for our agency. We are happy to participate in this statewide effort to ensure their continued safety.”

The Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office Traffic Section already provides regular enforcement of distracted driving in school zones throughout the parish on a regular basis. The public will see an increased presence of deputies in school zones during the enforcement period.

Lafourche Parish Correctional Complex Recognized for Project Achievement and Environmental Certification

Jason Reibert (left), Chapter President of the Construction Management Association of America, presents awards to Sheriff Craig Webre (center) and Jim Brown (right), Director of Preconstruction Services at W.G. Yates & Sons Construction Company.
Jason Reibert (left), Gulf Coast Chapter President of the Construction Management Association of America, presents awards to Sheriff Craig Webre (center) and Jim Brown (right), Director of Preconstruction Services at W.G. Yates & Sons Construction Company.

Sheriff Craig Webre announced the Lafourche Parish Correctional Complex has been recognized with a regional project achievement award by the Construction Management Association of America. Sheriff Webre accepted the award on August 21, 2019 in New Orleans at the annual Regional Infrastructure Conference for the association’s Gulf Coast Chapter. The complex was recognized as the top project in the region among all government construction under $50 million. W.G. Yates & Sons Construction Company, the Construction Manager At Risk for the project, also received the award. As the recipient of the regional award, the project will now compete for the award at the national level with the winner to be announced in September 2019.

Additionally, the U.S. Green Building Council has certified the Lafourche Parish Correctional Complex as a LEED Gold project. “LEED” stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. In order to achieve LEED certification, a construction project must meet at least 40 guidelines aimed at environmentally-responsible building design. The Lafourche Parish Correctional Complex exceeded that baseline, meeting 62 guidelines to attain “LEED Gold” certification.

“We constructed this facility to meet the needs of the criminal justice system in Lafourche Parish today and into the future,” said Sheriff Webre. “The LEED Gold certification shows we were also forward-thinking with regard to the long-term impact this facility would have on our local environment. We also certainly appreciate the Construction Management Association of America’s recognition of this incredible facility.”

Sheriff Webre added, “Our team overcame a number of obstacles to provide a facility the citizens of Lafourche Parish could be proud of – not just as a place to house inmates, but as a place for rehabilitation and with an aim of reducing recidivism.”

For more information on the Lafourche Parish Correctional Complex, please visit www.LPSO.net/LPCC. For more information on the Construction Management Association of America, please visit www.CMAANET.org. For more information on LEED certification, please visit the U.S. Green Building Council at www.USGBC.org.

New Orleans Man Facing Charges in Multiple Parishes for Identity Theft

Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced one man is in custody and another is being sought for theft by identity fraud in multiple parishes. Charles Williams, 28, of New Orleans is currently in custody in St. Charles Parish, and he is facing additional charges in Lafourche and Terrebonne.

Earlier this month, detectives learned two men had arrived at a Thibodaux business and attempted to purchase equipment worth several thousand dollars. Their credit card was declined, and they left the store. Detectives learned the men had purchased several thousand dollars of equipment at a Houma location of the same business. In both cases, the men used a credit card under another person’s name, and they were traveling in a Penske rental truck.

Then, on Thursday, August 29, detectives learned the St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office had just arrested two individuals who were attempting to purchase lawn mowers with multiple declined credit cards. One of those men was identified as Charles Williams, and detectives from the Sheriff’s Office in Lafourche and Terrebonne identified him as a suspect in the aforementioned incidents in Thibodaux and Houma. Williams admitted to his involvement in the crimes, and detectives obtained a warrant for his arrest. Investigators have not yet been able to identify the second person involved in the incidents in Houma and Thibodaux.

Williams remains in custody in St. Charles Parish. Detectives obtained a warrant for one count of Attempted Identity Theft, a felony. Bail will be set at $50,000.

Anyone with any possible knowledge of the second suspect is encouraged 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.

Charles Williams
Charles Williams

Deputies Seek to Identify Raceland Vehicle Burglary Suspects

Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre is asking for the public’s help to identify suspects in a recent vehicle burglary.

During the early morning hours of August 25, 2019, a vehicle burglary occurred on Gibson Street in Raceland. The vehicle was parked at a residence with security cameras which captured images of the suspects taking a backpack from inside the vehicle. Deputies also found a neighboring residence with security cameras which captured video of two suspects walking through the neighbor’s carport, and a third suspect is seen briefly at the end of the video.

Deputies are asking for the public’s help in solving this crime. Anyone who can identify the suspects 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.

Link to video: https://youtu.be/0n3y9_3aeXU

UPDATE: Suspect Identified, Arrested in Raceland Business Theft Investigation

Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced an anonymous tip helped identify a man wanted for theft in a recent investigation. Chester Bernal, 25, of Lockport was arrested on August 21, 2019.

As previously announced, detectives had been investigating the theft of aluminum from a business located on North Service Road in Raceland. Several aluminum construction beams were stolen from the front area of the business location. Detectives obtained surveillance photos of the suspect from the area around the time of the theft.

After releasing the photos to the public, Crime Stoppers Bayou Region received several tips identifying the suspect as Chester Bernal. Detectives made contact with Bernal, and he admitted to his involvement in the crime.

Bernal was arrested and booked into the Lafourche Parish Correctional Complex in Thibodaux. He was charged with Felony Theft and Criminal Trespassing. He was released on August 22 after posting $3,500 bail.

Chester Bernal
Chester Bernal

LPSO has identified Daronti Antonio Wesley as a Most Wanted Fugitive

8/23/2019 UPDATE: He is now in custody.

ORIGINAL RELEASE:

Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced detectives are actively pursuing the arrest of Daronti Antonio Wesley, B/M, DOB 4/16/99, who presently has eight (8) active warrants in Lafourche Parish. These warrants have been issued for various charges to include, Aggravated Flight From an Officer, Resisting an Officer with Force or Violence, and Illegal Possession of Stolen Things. At present, the eight (8) warrants have a total bond of $381,050.00. Wesley is also a person of interest in a recent homicide and should be considered armed and dangerous. Any person or persons who knowingly aid Mr. Wesley in avoiding apprehension may also be subject to criminal charges.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Daronti Antonio Wesley is asked to contact the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Divisions at (985) 532-4320 or 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 $1,000.00 in cash if the information leads to an arrest.