The following is a Press Release from the Calcasieu Parish
On June 22 at
approximately 7 a.m., a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office deputy patrolling the
area of Leo Breaux Road and Highway 3063 in Vinton, conducted a traffic stop on
an SUV matching the description of a vehicle seen in the area stealing cooper
When the deputy
approached the SUV and spoke with the driver, Steve A Richardson, 39, of Galveston,
TX, and passenger Jeremy T. Gore, 36, of Starks, he observed two large rolls of
cut copper wire and a pole cutter in the back of the SUV.
by deputies, Richardson and Gore confirmed they cut and stole the utility wire
located in the back of the SUV. Both also confirmed they cut and
stole copper wire from seven additional locations in the area, causing over
$300,000 worth of damages. During further investigation, deputies also
recovered eleven syringes from inside the SUV.
Gore were arrested and booked into Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged
with eight counts of simple criminal damage to property over $50,000; eight
counts of theft over $500; and two counts of possession of drug
Carter set Richardson's bond at $17,000 and Gore's at $3,500.
Cpl. Jacob Dunnehoo was the arresting deputy and Detective Doug Jean is the
lead investigator in this case.