Arrest Made in String of Thefts, Stolen Property Recovered - KLFY News 10

Arrest Made in String of Thefts, Stolen Property Recovered


Arrest Made in String of Thefts,On September 16, 2013 Damien A. Hale, 23, of 205 Cedar Street in Franklin, LA was arrested on warrants on the following charges:


-          Simple burglary
-          Felony theft, 2 counts
-          Theft, 2 counts
-          Possession of stolen things

The investigation began on August 26, 2013, when the St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office received three reports of stolen property from the Franklin area. Detectives identified Hale as a suspect and issued an advisory to neighboring agencies. On August 30, 2013, detectives were advised that Hale was arrested by Berwick Police and held on a probation violation on charges unrelated to the Sheriff's Office investigation. Detectives located Hale's pick-up truck in the Patterson area. While searching in the vicinity of the vehicle, detectives discovered numerous items hidden nearby in the tree line including fishing gear and tools. The recovered items matched descriptions of items reported stolen. 

As the investigation continued, detectives received information that Hale also discarded stolen property in the Yokely Canal in Franklin. Utilizing the St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office Marine Division dive team, detectives recovered more tools and items that were reported stolen. Divers also recovered a shotgun from the canal. Detectives are currently working to identify the owner of the gun. (Pictures of the dive operation carried out on September 4, 2013 are attached.)

Detectives recovered over $4,000 in property. Most of the stolen property recovered by the St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office has been returned to its owners. The investigation is ongoing. Detectives linked Hale to a fourth theft and also believe that there may be additional victims who have not yet been identified. The St. Mary parish Sheriff's Office can be reached at 337-828-1960 or 985-384-1622.



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