CPSO Arrests 3 for Smash and Grab Burglaries

CPSO Arrests 3 for Smash and Grab Burglaries


Lake Charles, LA –


                On April 2, 2021, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives were notified of a burglary that occurred at a convenience store on Lake Street.   After reviewing surveillance video from the business, detectives observed a gray Nissan Sentra enter the parking lot with no license plate.  The unknown male left the parking lot and later returned and gained access into the business by throwing a stone through the window.  The subject proceeded to load approximately $4,000 worth of cigarettes into a trash can.  After utilizing additional resources, detectives learned that the vehicle was registered to Nathan Johnson (29) from Baton Rouge, LA.

                After further investigation, on August 3, 2021 an arrest warrant was issued by Judge Tony Fazzio for Johnson for the following charges:  Simple Burglary; Simple Criminal Property Damage from $1,000 but less than $50,000; Theft from $1,000 but less than $5,000 with a total bond of $32,500.  

On June 23, 2022 deputies arrested Nathan Johnson for the above outstanding warrant as a result of a traffic stop.  Also in the vehicle were Jerry Alfred III and Jerry Alfred IV.  After further investigation and reviewing the surveillance footage, it was learned that these subjects also attempted to burglarize another convenience store located on Tom Hebert Road prior to the traffic stop.

All 3 subjects were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  Jerry Alfred III and Jerry Alfred IV were charged with Attempted Burglary.  Nathan Johnson was additionally charged with Attempted Burglary.

Detectives with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office are currently assisting in a state wide investigation being conducted in reference to similar “smash and grab thefts”.

CPSO Detectives John Coffman and Bradley Grant are the lead investigators 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.