On September 22, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office deputies responded to multiple alarm calls at a church on Sprig Street. When deputies arrived they discovered the church surveillance system, including a DVR and monitor, were stolen.
During further investigation, CPSO detectives conducted a search of the home of Richard W. Barras, 24, of Lake Charles, in reference to another burglary. During the search, detectives recovered a commercial surveillance system and DVR in a spare bedroom of Barras' home, matching the description of the one reported stolen from the church. Video footage recovered from the DVR shows Barras in the church at the time the security alarm was activated on September 22, using his shirt to open doors without leaving fingerprints.
Barras, who is currently incarcerated at the Calcasieu Correctional Center for an October 16th burglary and theft of a Lake Charles mobile home, was charged with simple burglary of a religious building; theft over $1,500; criminal damage to property; possession of burglary tools; and illegal possession of stolen property.
Judge David Ritchie set Barras' bond at $120,000.