Lake Charles –
On June 7 at approximately 3:00 a.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a bar on West Dave Dugas Road in Sulphur in reference to an alarm activation. Upon arrival, deputies observed a broken window in the bar as well as an air conditioning window unit laying on the floor inside. When deputies spoke with the owner they learned the bar was equipped with a surveillance system which had captured the burglary.
Detectives reviewed the video footage which showed a suspect gaining entry to the bar by removing the AC window unit. Once inside the bar he proceeded to the front of the building which activated an alarm. At that time the suspect was seen leaving the building from the same window he gained access through. When management personnel from the bar viewed the video footage, they were able to identify the suspect as a man they knew as “Beau Frey,” and advised deputies he lived down the street from the bar.
Minutes later deputies were able to make contact with “Beau Frey,” later identified as James Allen Frey, Jr., 54, 5148 Frey Road, Sulphur, at his home and observed him to be the same suspect that was seen in the video footage. Frey was arrested and transported to the CPSO Detective’s Division for questioning. Frey first told detectives he had no involvement in the burglary, but later stated that he made entry into the bar in attempt to break into the ATM and cigarette machine. The statement Frey gave detectives matched what detectives had observed in the video footage earlier that day.
Frey was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with simple burglary; simple criminal damage to property under $300; and attempted theft. His bond is still pending.
CPSO Sr. Cpl. Chad Collins and Deputy Kyle Klein are the arresting deputies on this case.
CPSO Detective Bryan Soileau is the lead investigator on this case.