On July 12, 2012, Pine Prairie Police Assistant Chief Joey Arnaud requested assistance from Evangeline Parish Sheriff's Department for a burglary of Pine Prairie Pharmacy. Officers observed a hole in the pharmacy floor and noticed several electric hand tools had been left at the scene after responding to an alarm activation.
Assistant Chief Arnaud later conducted a traffic stop on Pecan Street, where he observed Justin David Lawson as a passenger. Lawson was bare footed, muddy and gave a fictitious name of Colby Lawson with conflicting statements on his whereabouts. Officers were able to recover Lawson's shoes and several items of evidence including the tools and gloves used in the burglary. Lawson was interviewed in reference to the burglary, where he admitted to cutting a hole in the floor of the pharmacy and taking numerous bottles of prescription pills.
Lawson said he was dropped off at the pharmacy by his girlfriend Heather Danielle Riggs, of 544 Denny Road, Deville La, 71328, but said she left when the alarm sounded. Lawson was booked in the parish jail for criminal damage to property, burglary of a pharmacy, theft and misrepresentation during booking.
Assistant Chief Arnaud and Captain Shawn Eckhart were able to recover the medication stolen from the pharmacy in a field off of Pecan Street. A warrant for the arrest of Heather Riggs was executed on July 17, 2012. Riggs was arrested and booked in the parish jail for principle to burglary of a pharmacy and principle to theft.