Lake Charles –


On March 8 at approximately 6:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a local apartment complex on W. McNeese Street in Lake Charles regarding a theft. When deputies arrived they spoke with the complainant who advised they captured a man on video surveillance, later identified as Bradley D. Spell, 31, Florida, enter the laundromat area and use a tool to break the lock on the washing machine and steal the change.


Later the same day CPSO deputies were dispatched again to the same apartment complex in reference to Spell returning and attempting to steal more change from the machines. He fled prior to deputies’ arrival but the complainant was able to give a description of Spell. A short time later he was located nearby at a business on Lake Street in Lake Charles.


Spell was detained and transported to the Sheriff’s Office for questioning where he admitted to burglarizing and stealing money from the washing machines at the apartment complex on several occasions. During questioning it was also learned Spell was in possession of the tools he used to break into the machines, as well as, some stolen change. He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with simple burglary; theft less than $1,000; simple criminal damage to property; possession of burglary tools; and possession of stolen property. Judge Sharon Wilson set his bond at $11,000.


CPSO Deputy Lukas Josker is the arresting deputy on this case. CPSO Detective Austin Peloquin is the lead investigator on this case.