Lake Charles, LA –
Between August 3 and 7 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to three elementary schools in Lake Charles in reference to burglaries. Further investigation revealed several iPads and laptops had been stolen from the schools.
During the initial investigation detectives released photographs of the two suspects through Crime Stoppers of Lake Charles. On August 26 detectives received a tip identifying one of the suspects as Tyler G. Lanthier, 19, 1531 Country Club Road, Lake Charles. The same day detectives located Lanthier at his residence and were able to recover some of the stolen items from the school inside his residence. Further investigation revealed the second suspect is a 17 year old juvenile from Lake Charles.
Later the same day detectives were able to obtain a search warrant for the juvenile’s residence and located two laptops that had been stolen during the school burglaries along with the keys to one of the schools. Detectives also located a safe inside the home belonging to the homeowner, Bradley W. Dowden, 39, Lake Charles, containing marijuana, drug paraphernalia, an AR-15, LSD, steroids, and body armor which had been previously reported stolen through Louisiana Probation & Parole.
Lanthier, the juvenile, and Dowden were all arrested. Lanthier and Dowden were booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center. Lanthier is charged with 3 counts of simple burglary; and 3 counts of theft $1,000 - $5,000. Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $150,000. Dowden is charged with illegal possession of stolen things; possession of marijuana; possession of drug paraphernalia; possession of CDS II; illegal carrying of a weapon in the presence of a CDS; unlawful use or possession of body armor; and possession of CDS I. He was released the following day on a $26,000 bond set by Judge Tony Fazzio. The juvenile was booked into the Juvenile Detention Center and charged with 3 counts of simple burglary; and 3 counts of theft $1,000 - $5,000.
CPSO Detectives John Coffman and Chris Scharp are the lead investigators on these cases.
An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged. A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.