Lake Charles man arrested for burglary of business

Billy Johnwell (Source: CPSO)
Billy Johnwell (Source: CPSO)

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - A man was arrested on Wednesday after an investigation revealed that he had burglarized a Lake Charles business on July 10.

Authorities with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office arrested 47-year-old Billy Johnwell. He was charged with theft over $500, burglary and obstruction of justice.

On July 10, the Sheriff's Office received a call from an employee of Lee Dee Wholesale Co. in Lake Charles stating the store had been burglarized the night before.  

Reportedly the store's surveillance video showed Johnwell entering through a window on two different occasions that night and stealing approximately 40 cartons of cigarettes, a laptop computer and an undisclosed amount of cash.

He reportedly admitted to the burglary when questioned by authorities after he was detained.

Johnwell was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and his bond was set at $12,000.

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