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CALCASIEU PARISH, LA (KPLC) -
Thieves targeted a state
agency Monday morning, stealing copper from the Department of Transportation
Development Building on Highway 90
The Department of Transportation and
Development made the call to Louisiana State Police around 6:00 Monday morning.
"We immediately sent a trooper to
secure the facility, and our detectives responded as well," said Sgt. James
Anderson with State Police.
An employee reporting to work noticed
missing copper at several locations in the DOTD yard.
"They had copper wire stolen, approximately
850 feet from DOTD," said Anderson.
That's valued at $4,000-$5,000
according to Anderson. Louisiana State Police immediately began trying to
"An investigation ensued," said
Anderson. "We followed some leads, and were able to apprehend one suspect
That suspect was 42-year-old Bradley
Edwards of Lake Charles. He's been charged with theft over $1,000, burglary,
simple criminal damage to property and flight from an officer.
While LSP did apprehend an individual
after Monday morning's break-in, they continued to search in a nearby wooded
State Police, with assistance from the
Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office, searched the area for hours but never
located the second suspect. Anderson says the theft is unfortunate, but it's
nothing his agency didn't expect.
"It wasn't a surprise, unfortunately,"
said Anderson. "There have been quite a few copper thefts in the area. It's a
problem that plagues not only our area, but it's a nationwide problem."
Anderson says they hope new
legislation will help law enforcement agencies with copper theft cases.
"The legislature recently passed a new
law, dealing with copper theft," said Anderson. "It is a problem, and it is
something that's being addressed."
Troopers managed to recover a large portion of the copper
and return it to DOTD. Anderson said the recovered portion is valued at around
Troopers tell us that if convicted, Edwards
could face up to 23 years in prison. His bond was set at $150,000.