Two arrested for theft of a motor vehicle

Brandon L. Holden
Brandon L. Holden
Davin L. Ackel
Davin L. Ackel

The following is a Press Release from the Louisiana State Police:

On February 18, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office deputies were dispatched in reference to auto theft in Vinton.  When deputies spoke with the victim, he advised when he woke up this morning he discovered his truck had been stolen from his driveway.

A few hours later, deputies recovered the stolen truck in a Vinton bar parking lot, and discovered the truck had over $2,000 in damages, and an XM radio, a GPS, a portable jump box, and several other items were missing from inside the truck.

During the investigation, detectives were contacted by several witnesses who advised they were approached by Davin L. Ackel, 17, of Vinton, and Brandon L. Holden, 18, of Jennings, who were trying to sell the items reported stolen from the truck.

When questioned by detectives, both confirmed they stole the truck from the victim's driveway.

Ackel and Holden were arrested and booked into Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with theft of a motor vehicle over $1,500; theft over $500; and simple criminal damage to property over $500.

The portable jump box has been recovered by detectives and returned to the victim.

Judge David Ritchie set Ackel's bond at $65,000, and set Holden's bond at $25,000.

CPSO Detective Chadwick LeJune, Sr. is the lead investigator on this case, assisted by Detectives Jake Cauvin, Kardel Guidry, and Sgt. Sconnie Granger.