Multiple vehicle burglaries affect plant workers that shuttle to work

Multi-car burglary in plant worker parking lot in broad daylight

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Lake Charles Police said around 65 reports of car break-ins came in this weekend from the parking lot right before the I-10 bridge going into Westlake.

This lot is where plant workers are required to park their cars before being shuttled to the plant. Chelsey Powell is an employee of Cameron LNG and said this isn’t the first time this happened in this lot.

"This is the second time that this has happened in this parking lot and the second time this has happened to me," Powell said.

Cormiller Matthews is a security guard who works this parking lot and says the company doesn't have security working the weekends.

“Well, that’s the days they gave me off. They won’t have anyone working on weekends when they should,” Matthews said. “Also, they need cameras out here. That’d make my job a whole lot easier. I’m out here with no gun, no mace, nothing. If they were to break into cars while I was here, I couldn’t have defended myself anyway.”

Some workers are now calling for better security measures to guard their cars.

“We work ten to twelve hours daily, and to come back to something like this is horrible,” One plant worker said. “Especially when they trust in us to be good workers. We trust in them to take care of our things as well.”

Matthews said security measures should have been stepped up the first time.

“The last time it happened, I wasn’t here,” Matthews said. “It was about 13 cars. So, they should’ve stepped their game up then.”

Lake Charles police sid this is currently under investigation.

We reached out to Cameron LNG for comment, but have not received a response as of yet. If you have any information in this case, you are urged to contact Lake Charles Police.

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