On February 17, at approximately 9:00 a.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office deputies were dispatched in reference to a suspicious truck parked behind a business on Highway 90 East in Lake Charles.
When deputies arrived, they observed large ruts on the ground from a vehicle driving in the wet grass, leading to the back of the business where the truck was parked. Once inside the building, deputies discovered Nathan W. McDonald of Iowa, going through numerous boxes stored inside the business. McDonald was found to be in possession of several tools used to commit a burglary, including a screw driver and bolt cutters.
When questioned by deputies, McDonald confirmed to breaking into the business and stealing several tools. Deputies also recovered a homemade smoking device and a small amount of methamphetamine from McDonald.
During further investigation, deputies recovered over $10,000 worth of off-shore drilling tools inside McDonald's truck, which had been reported stolen by his former employer.
McDonald was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with simple burglary; simple criminal damage to property; illegal carrying of weapon (burglary tools); theft over $500; possession of CDS II (meth); and possession of drug paraphernalia.
All items were recovered and returned to the businesses.
Judge Wilford Carter set his bond at $10,000.