Scott Victim Gets $10,000 Stolen, But He Is Also Arrested
Two Duson men have been arrested for felony theft charges after a man in Scott had $10,000 taken out of his safe.
Scott Police Chief Chad Leger says officers were called out to a home on Saint Mary Street to investigate the theft after the victim said money was stolen after several individuals that were hired to work for him had left his home.
Investigators say 18-year-old Tyler Olivier gained entry into a safe at the home and allegedly stole ten thousand dollars.
A witness told police he saw Olivier with a wad of cash tucked into the waist line of his pants, but Olivier offered the witness 300 dollars to keep quiet.
Olivier and 22-year-old Jacobie Francis were then seen leaving the home shortly after the alleged theft.
Police say the two went on a shopping spree at the Acadiana Mall, bought clothes, and a 4-wheeler off of Craig's list.
Leger says both suspects confessed to the theft and the spending, and they gave written confessions to authorities.
Police recovered 55-hundred dollars, a 2002 four-wheeler and 583 dollars in clothing from the two men. Both were booked into the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center.
But, the story does not end there. The victim is this case is alleged to have made victims out of other people.
Chief Leger explains,
"A few days ago he was arrested (the homeowner) as a suspect in possession of stolen property with the all the firearms that we did the news release on with the sheriff's office, Lafayette, Vermilion and Acadia parishes with all the firearms and the jewelry that he was purchasing, all this stolen property. Now, his family member disclosed where the funds were being kept to purchase the stolen property, and now the funding was stolen from him, so now he's arrested, in jail, and now he's a victim".
The man who had money taken from him was arrested this week for allegedly stealing from others.
A joint investigation between Lafayette, Acadia, and Vermilion Parish authorities has led to the recovery of more than 80 stolen guns. Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office Captain Kip Judice says police have seen an increase in home burglaries over the last six weeks.
It was a tip from a witness in Acadia Parish that broke the case wide open.
Police recovered guns, jewelry, electronics, and other items. Damien Schexnayder of Rayne, Jerome Thibodeaux of Maurice, and Jack Leblanc of Scott have all been arrested on a number of charges.