Lake Charles, LA –


On July 5 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives responded to a home in south Lake Charles in reference to a theft.


During the initial investigation detectives were advised by the complainant she hired Curth J. Romero, 28, Jennings, in May of 2021 to complete electrical work at her home.  She stated she began noticing numerous items, including jewelry, collectable coins, power tools, firearms, and prescription medication, going missing from the home while Romero was working there.  During further investigation detectives learned Romero sold some of the stolen items to several pawn shops and jewelry stores in Lake Charles and Jennings.  Detectives also learned Romero may still be in possession of some of the stolen items.  Further investigation also revealed Romero was not a licensed contractor in Louisiana.  


With the assistance of the Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office, detectives located Romero at his residence, at which time they also recovered a large amount items that had been reported stolen by the victim. 


Romero was arrested and booked into the Jeff Davis Parish Jail and later transported to the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  He is charged with theft over $25,000; and residential contractor fraud failure to possess required license.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $70,000.  


CPSO Detectives John Coffman and Kerrick Gabrial 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.