Two Men Nabbed In ATV Thefts In Acadiana
Several ATV's were reported missing in an area of Eunice, and Sheriff Bobby Guidroz put several detectives on the case which proved to be very useful.
When all was said and done, detectives were able to recover seven stolen ATV's, and they arrested two people. Detectives arrested 22-year-old Phillip Washington Jr. and 22-year-old Trudareyian Andrus in connection with the case, but more arrests are possible.
Deputy Chief, Eddie Thibodeaux, says in a press release, that Sheriff Bobby Guidroz had received several complaints about ATV's that were stolen from the Highway 758 area.
While detectives from the St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Office were watching one spot in Opelousas on June 5, they saw someone riding one of the stolen ATV's. They called in members of the patrol division to help out, and the two suspects were taken into custody. Thibodeaux says there are several other persons of interest in connection with this case.
While they recovered a total of seven stolen four-wheelers, only three of them were actually stolen from the Eunice area. Thibodeaux adds that two of the other stolen ATV's were recorded stolen from Opelousas. They continue to work to figure out who the other two vehicles belong to.
The investigation into these incidents was helped along by witnesses who spoke with detectives and surveillance video that was obtained from various places surrounding the Highway 758 area.
Sheriff Guidroz extends his thanks to the citizens of St. Landry Parish who are willing to get involved and share information about cases with his detectives. He also wants to recognize the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries officers who assisted with this case.