Texas men accused of stealing from home improvement store - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Texas men accused of stealing from home improvement store

Jesus Francisco Torres Castro (Source: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office) Jesus Francisco Torres Castro (Source: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office)
Fernando Francisco Zamora (Source: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office) Fernando Francisco Zamora (Source: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office)
CALCASIEU PARISH, LA (KPLC) -

Two Texas men are accused of stealing from a local home improvement store, according to a news release from the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office.

Authorities said on May 18, deputies were dispatched to a Lake Charles business in reference to a theft.

Authorities said after investigation, deputies learned that two men, later identified as 33-year-old Fernando Francisco Zamora and 48-year-old Jesus Francisco Torres Castro, both of Houston, Texas, were attempting to pick up merchandise from the store that was purchased with stolen account information from a local business. 

"During further investigation, detectives discovered that Zamora and Castro also attempted to do the same at a Lafayette home improvement store using the stolen account information from the business in Lake Charles. When the stores contacted the local business owner to confirm the purchases, it was discovered they had not authorized the purchases nor did they know Zamora and Castro, who were picking up the supplies," the release states.

Authorities said Zamora was captured on video surveillance from other stores around the area. He is accused in other thefts in the area using local business credit cards for purchasing supplies. 

According to authorities, Zamora is accused of stealing over $75,000 from stores in Louisiana and $55,000 from stores in Texas.  

Zamora and Castro were booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with identity theft, unauthorized use of an access card, theft over $1,500 and criminal conspiracy. 

Authorities said more arrests are possible and additional charges are pending.

Zamora's bond is set at $300,000; and Castro's bond is set at $100,000.

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