LAKE CHARLES, LA. (KPLC) -Ten guns stolen from a home in Moss Bluff last June. They don't know where the guns are but Calcasieu Sheriff's deputies believe they know who stole them.
Two men and a woman are in jail in connection with the burglary and theft. Calcasieu Deputies say DNA evidence and fingerprints link 35 year old Henry Francis of Lake Charles to the burglary--he was already in jail when they made the case and booked him for burglary, ten counts of theft of a firearm, criminal property damage, conspiracy and ten counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Further investigation led to the arrest of Lorin and Abbie Mooney--of Moss Bluff. They were booked into jail on a variety of charges as well according to Sheriff Tony Mancuso. Of the ten guns stolen ,the owner had a record of only one serial number. The sheriff says this case is a reminder that when people acquire items whether it's guns or laptop computers they should record serial numbers or other identifying information in case their stuff is ever stolen."A gun, VCR, other electronics, televisions, computers, laptops. Anything that has a serial number. We a lot of time come across items we believe are stolen, but because we didn't have a serial number when we did the report we're not able to totally verify that those items have been stolen and who they rightfully belong to," said the sheriff.
"Not only will it help catch the thieves but it could help the victim get his items back. Mancuso says he himself records such information on his personal belongings. In the event that you have a break in or something happens to that weapon, or other item, whatever it is, that you have a record of whatever it is and what the serial number is," said Mancuso.
So far, none of the weapons have been recovered. Judge Wilford Carter set Henry Francis' bond at $20 thousand and Lorin and Abbie Mooney's bond at $15 thousand each.
The following is a news release from the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office:
Lake Charles – On June 19, 2010, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office deputies received a call regarding a burglary and theft of multiple firearms at a home in Moss Bluff. Upon arriving at the home, deputies discovered that a window had been broken to gain access and ten guns were stolen.
During the investigation, DNA evidence and fingerprints found at the scene, along with a statement given to detectives, Henry R. Francis, 35, of Lake Charles, was linked to the burglary. Francis, who was already incarcerated at the Calcasieu Correctional Center for a previous burglary conviction, was charged with simple burglary; 10 counts of theft of a firearm; criminal property damage; criminal conspiracy; and 10 counts of possession of a firearm by a felon.
Further investigation of this case led detectives to arrest Lorin C. Mooney, 30, and Abbie B. Mooney, 21, both of Moss Bluff. They were booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center on January 13. Lorin Mooney was charged with simple burglary; 10 counts of theft of a firearm; criminal conspiracy; and 10 counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Abbie Mooney was charged with simple burglary; 10 counts of theft of a firearm; criminal conspiracy; and accessory after the fact.
Judge Wilford Carter set Abbie Mooney's bond at $15,000, Lorin Mooney's bond at $15,000, and Henry Francis' bond at $20,000.