Lake Charles, LA –
On June 17 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a report in reference to unknown suspects burglarizing two different businesses on Highway 171 in Moss Bluff earlier that morning at approximately 2:00 a.m. While speaking with the victims, detectives learned the suspects cut off several catalytic converters from vehicles located at the business. The suspects also stole a set of rims and tires, two air compressors and numerous tools.
During further investigation with the assistance of witnesses, detectives were able to identify one of the possible suspects as Timothy W. Cormier, 53, Ragley. When detectives made contact with Cormier they observed one of the stolen air compressors in the bed of his truck. Cormier gave detectives permission to search his truck, at which time detectives located a chainsaw and nail gun that had been stolen during the burglaries earlier that morning.
After further investigation detectives also learned two additional suspects were involved, Jeremy J. Broussard, 41, Moss Bluff, and Jason D. Whittington, 42, Ragley. A search warrant was executed at the home of Broussard, at which time detectives located several items that had been reported stolen earlier that morning.
Between June 17 and June 21 Cormier, Broussard, and Whittington were all arrested. When detectives spoke with them they confirmed they were responsible for the burglaries.
They were booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center. Cormier is charged with simple burglary; theft $5,000 to $25,000; and possession of stolen property. Judge Wyatt set his bond at $35,000. Broussard is charged with simple burglary; theft from $5,000 to $25,000; and 3 counts of criminal damage to property. Judge Robert Wyatt set his bond at $40,000. Whittington is charged with 2 counts of simple burglary; 3 counts of simple criminal damage to property; and theft from $5,000 to $25,000. Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $127,500.
The investigation is continuing and more arrests and charges are possible.
CPSO Detective David Doucett 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.