Volunteer Coach Allegedly Steals Hundreds From Team’s Parents
Jason Arlen Deville, a volunteer summer baseball coach from Opelousas, has been arrested after he allegedly stole $1,360 from families of children hoping to play baseball in the upcoming summer program.
St. Landry Parish Sheriff Bobby Guidroz says Deville collected $1360 for uniforms, insurance and team fees before he stopped showing up for practice and hanging up on concerned parents and detectives. Detectives say he would even change his contact numbers. And, it turns out he never registered the children’s baseball team with any league.
Tips to the Crime Stoppers office led to his arrest on the charge of felony theft.
Meanwhile, tips to the Crime Stoppers office also lead to the arrest of Washington woman who St. Landry Sheriff’s deputies say tried to cash a counterfeit check worth $2,998.00. The store owner of Vidrine’s grocery store sent Samantha Kemp’s information to the sheriff’s office, who put her into a photo line-up where she was immediately identified as the alleged wrongdoer and arrested on a charge of Monetary Instrument Abuse.
“I want to take this opportunity to thank the tipsters of crime stoppers for coming forward with information on these fugitives,” says Sheriff Guidroz. “Working together through crime stoppers, law enforcement, social media and of course the tipsters, arrests are made and cases are being solved.”