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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.