Lake Charles, LA –


On October 5 at approximately 1:00 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a fire at a residence located at 121 Roberts Road in Starks.


During the initial investigation it was discovered a large amount of wire and protective covering had been burnt.  Due to the type of protective covering on the wire it was learned the wire belonged to a telecommunications company and had been stolen off of utility poles.


When detectives spoke with the homeowner, Scott A. Stains, 40, he stated he stole approximately 1,500 feet of wire.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with theft $5,000 to $25,000; and criminal property damage.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $45,000.                


CPSO Detective Lukas Josker is the lead investigator on this case. 


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.