theft

Statue Theft
2:38 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Have You Seen This Purloined Pig?

The pilfered pig, currently being sought by police.
NOPD

The New Orleans Police Department is asking for the public's help in locating a stolen pig statue, snatched from in front of a business in the 3400 block of Esplanade Ave. on the morning of May 1.

The statue is a pig dressed in a chef's outfit, holding a sign that reads "EAT MORE CRAWFISH".

Police spokesman Frank Robertson says the statue is valued at $6700, and was taken from a business that had a themed marquee. He says the police don't have any leads at this time, "But hopefully we will after we air this."

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Theft
10:21 am
Sat March 2, 2013

State Dept. of Health and Hospitals Says Employee Misused $800K

State health officials say more than $800,000 in public money allegedly has been misappropriated by a Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals employee.

The Times-Picayune reports DHH said the theft was uncovered during an internal investigation. DHH's Bureau of Health Care Integrity began the probe after officials noticed unusual accounting practices involving the employee, whose name has not been released.

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Crime
6:37 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Pickpocket Snagged Seven Super Bowl Tickets

New Orleans police say a man carrying his family's Super Bowl tickets in his rear pants pocket lost them to a pickpocket as he left Harrah's Casino.

Investigators say a man in a jogging suit and dark knit cap followed the family as it left the casino near the French Quarter just before 11 p.m. on Saturday.

They say the suspect walked up behind the unidentified victim and took an envelope containing seven Super Bowl tickets.

Police said the suspect met four other men and two women on nearby Canal Street and the group left the scene.

Latest News
12:00 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

Man Sentenced In Theft From Coast Guard

A 48-year-old Denham Springs man has been sentenced to a year and a day in federal prison after admitting he stole $127,600 in high-tech equipment from the U.S. Coast Guard and sold it to people in the United States, Sweden and Colombia.

The Advocate reports Raymond L. Beavers told U.S. District Judge James J. Brady Thursday he sold the equipment because of a gambling problem.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Alan A. Stevens said Beavers spent some of the money on tickets and trips to LSU athletic events.

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Latest News
12:50 pm
Fri December 28, 2012

Housekeeper Accused of Stealing from Clients

Jefferson Parish sheriff's deputies have arrested a housekeeper for allegedly stealing from the Metairie homes she was hired to clean.

The Times-Picayune reports 32-year-old Kelley Jaye, of Metairie, was booked Wednesday with three counts of theft.

Deputies say Jaye is accused of stealing more than $7,000 worth of jewelry and other property from three homes.

Sheriff's Office Spokesman Glen Boyd said investigators don't expect any additional charges in the cases. None of the jewelry has been recovered.

Latest News
10:39 am
Thu December 27, 2012

416 LSU Patients Notified of Possible ID Theft

The LSU hospital system has notified 416 patients that their checking account numbers and other personal information has been stolen and may have been used to make counterfeit checks.

Spokesman Marvin McGraw says the information was found in the home of a former employee arrested in November.

He says the LSU Health Care Services Division began notifying patients in November, after learning about the thefts from state police.

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Crime
12:21 pm
Sat December 15, 2012

Police: Men Use Tow Truck to Steal Cars From Homes

A New Orleans resident has helped police catch two men suspected of using a tow truck to steal cars from homes.

Dawn Dedeaux tells WWL-TV that she caught two men trying to steal her van from a house near the Fair Grounds Race Course. Dedeaux collected enough information that New Orleans police were able to arrest two men who allegedly were towing cars and selling them for scrap in Belle Chasse.

Keith Lanne, 45, and Ruel Smith, 32, both of Gretna, were arrested on multiple counts of theft and conspiracy.

Fried Chicken Oil Theft
12:17 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

Man arrested in theft of used cooking oil

A 51-year-old man has been was arrested in the theft of used cooking oil from a fried chicken restaurant in Farmerville, La.

Sheriff Bob Buckley told The News-Star Michael Sanderson, of Monroe, was booked Monday into the Union Parish Detention Center for felony theft of more than $1,500. He posted a $3,500 bond and was released.

Buckley says Crime Stoppers of Union Parish received an immediate response when a photograph of the truck used in the thefts was released.

Food Stamps
4:23 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

La. man gets prison for $1.2M food stamp theft

A Lake Charles man has been sentenced to more than four years in federal prison for stealing more than $1 million in food stamp benefits.

U.S. District Judge Richard Haik on Tuesday sentenced 46-year-old Vincent Edward DaPrince to 51 months in prison and ordered him to pay more than $1.2 million in restitution to the U.S. Agriculture Department. Haik also ordered him to serve 50 hours of community service following his release from prison.

DaPrince pleaded guilty in April to fraud charges.

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Cockatoo Thievery
12:49 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

Man arrested in theft of neighbor's cockatoo

SHREVEPORT — A 33-year-old Shreveport man was arrested in the theft of his neighbor's cockatoo, which later showed up for sale on Craig's List.

Sunny, a white cockatoo, was left in a cage on its owner's patio on July 15. When the owner returned home two hours later, the $1,500 bird was missing.

Deputies say the owner noticed an ad for a cockatoo on Craig's List. She arranged a meeting with the seller, and contacted the Caddo Sheriff's Office.

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