Lake Charles –
On January 29 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received information that Donald Gould, 21, and Rebecca Tapp, 24, both of 607 Fairview Street, Iowa, may be responsible for 80 or more burglaries at several storage units around the parish.
When detectives questioned Tapp, who was already incarcerated at the Calcasieu Correctional Center on similar charges from Westlake Police Department, she advised them that she and Gould, who is also incarcerated at the Calcasieu Correctional Center on similar charges from Westlake Police Department, had burglarized several storage facilities in Calcasieu Parish as well as other storage facilities in neighboring parishes.
Tapp was taken from the Correctional Center by detectives and was able to point out more than 80 storage units that she and Gould burglarized at several facilities located in Moss Bluff, Westlake and Lake Charles. Tapp signed a search and seizure form, which allowed detectives to search her residence for stolen property. During the search of Tapp’s home she pointed out numerous stolen items such as televisions, laptops, Ipods, digital cameras, stereo equipment, game consoles, power tools, jewelry and pieces of furniture.
When detectives transported Tapp back to the Correctional Center they spoke with Gould, who confirmed he participated in all of the burglaries mentioned by Tapp. Gould also told detectives that he and Tapp committed several other burglaries which she failed to acknowledge. Gould was taken from the Correctional Center by detectives and was able to point out two homes where he stated he and Tapp had stolen a generator and a stereo. Detectives transported Gould to their home where he identified more stolen property that Tapp failed to identify.
The investigation is ongoing with charges of criminal property damage, theft and burglary still pending. As the investigation continues more charges will be filed. Bonds are pending as well.
CPSO Detectives Lee Byrne, David Burnett and Bryan Soileau are the lead investigators on this case.