Lake Charles –
On the morning of June 9 at approximately 3:30, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were patrolling the area near 1st Street and 4th Avenue in Lake Charles when they observed a suspicious vehicle. When the deputies made contact with the driver he stated he had witnessed several males wearing dark colored clothing pushing an ATV from a business. He then told deputies when the males saw him they fled on foot.
While deputies were speaking with the witness they observed a pick-up truck driving with the lights off. Deputies initiated a traffic stop on the truck and spoke with the driver, later identified as Geroski Harmon, 23, 132 Calcasieu St., Lake Charles. While speaking with Harmon, deputies noticed his clothes were covered with grass and mud. Deputies made contact with the owner of the truck who advised he had given permission for Harmon to borrow his truck to go pick up an ATV. The truck owner gave deputies permission to search the truck, at which time they located a lock and chain belonging to a local business, a pair of ATV ramps, and bolt cutters. Deputies made contact with the local business, who provided a key that was able to unlock the lock and chain and verify it belonged to the gate of the business.
After further investigation detectives learned Harmon had used the pair of bolt cutters and cut the chain on the gate of the business. He began pushing the ATV out of the gate until he saw a vehicle, and then fled on foot. He attempted to leave the scene in the truck but was stopped by deputies.
Harmon was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with head lamps required; unauthorized entry of a business; theft over $1,500; simple criminal property damage under $500; and illegal possession of burglary tools. Judge Ron Ware set his bond at $8,500.
CPSO Detective Chris Romero with the Vehicle Crimes Investigative Unit (VCIU) is the lead investigator on this case.
The investigation is ongoing with more arrests possible.