Lake Charles, LA –


Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint in reference to a theft from a vehicle that occurred on August 6 at a local nightclub in Lake Charles.  The victim advised detectives several items including a Louis Vuitton purse and Tom Ford sunglasses, both totaling approximately $2,200, $300 cash, a payroll check for $275, and her ID were missing from her car.  Detectives learned the stolen payroll check had been cashed using the ID stolen from the victim’s car. 


After further investigation detectives were able to obtain surveillance photos of the suspect cashing the check at a local bank in Lake Charles and released it to the public.  Detectives received numerous leads and tips and were able to positively identify the suspect as Lindsey K. Cole, 24, 6926 Greathouse Road, Lake Charles.


 On August 22 Judge Ronald Ware signed a warrant in the amount of $4,500 for her arrest.  On August 25 Cole was located at a local motel where she was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with identity theft; and theft less than $5,000. 


CPSO Detective John Melton is the lead investigator on this case.