Dec 14, 2010 12:10 PM

Man Turns Himself in After Vandalizing School

On the afternoon of 12/11/10, Tawaski Lewis turned himself in to the Abbeville Police Department. Tawaski Lewis was then booked in on 8 warrants for the following charges: 3 Counts of Burglary, 1 Count of Attempted Burglary, 6 Counts of Contributing to the Delinquency of a Juvenile, and Illegal Possession of Stolen Things. The bond on the warrants were set at a total of $45,800.00. Tawaski Lewis was then transported to Vermilion Parish Correctional Center.
On the morning of 11/28/10, the Abbeville Police Department responded to the complaint of an unlocked gate at J.H. Williams Middle School. Upon the officer's arrival, they checked the area and found that the school had been vandalized. Upon entering the school, officers observed that numerous windows and doors within the school had been shattered. Taken from the school was a laptop computer, portable radios with chargers and other miscellaneous items. The total damage to the school was in excess of $1300.00.

On the morning of 11/29/10 officers responded to a complaint of a burglary at a Vermilion Carwash. There the officers learned that unknown subjects cut the metal bar that secured the change machine facility, and took an undetermined amount of money from the carwash. Officers were able to obtain video from a nearby facility which gave the officers a description of the two subjects and their clothing when they broke into the carwash.

The next morning, officers were also able to obtain additional video from a nearby location which showed the subjects riding bicycles, one of them with bolt cutters on the handle bars and one of the subjects wearing white batting gloves.

The officers received information of some possible subjects who broke into J.H. Williams and began to interview them. During the interviews, a juvenile admitted to taking part in the school burglary and gave names of other subjects who assisted as well. The juvenile subject was sent to a juvenile detention while officers continued to search for the other subjects.
During the early morning hours of 12/5/10, the Abbeville Police Department responded to an alarm call at Elegance Beauty Supply on Charity Street. Upon the officer's arrival, they observe two subjects running from the rear of the building. One of the subjects, a juvenile was apprehended. The officers found that the two subjects bored a large hole through the roof of Elegance Beauty Supply and lowered themselves into the store. This was done after a failed attempt to bore a hole into roof of CVS.

Found in the possession of the juvenile at Elegance Beauty Supply was a backpack which contained two portable radios which were stolen from J.H. Williams Middle School as well as a pair of bolt cutters and a pair of white batting gloves. The officers later learned that the juvenile stated to a family member that he received the radios from a subject by the name of Tawaski Lewis.

Officers went to the residence of Tawaski Lewis and obtained one of the chargers for the portable radios. The officers then received information that the subject was seen sitting in an abandoned vehicle at a nearby location. The officers obtained a permission to search from the owner and recovered the stolen laptop computer, the other portable charger, items stolen from Elegance Beauty Supply, a rope and other items connected to the burglaries at J.H. Williams and the carwash.
The officers then interviewed a juvenile in reference to the burglary at J.H. Williams. The juvenile admitted that he and Tawaski Lewis and two other subjects committed the burglary at the school.
Warrants were then obtained for Tawaski Lewis for the burglaries at J.H. Williams, Vermilion Car Wash and Elegance Beauty Supply. Warrants were also obtained for Attempted Burglary of CVS Pharmacy and six counts of Felony Contributing to the Delinquency of a Juvenile and Illegal Possession of Stolen Things.
Chief Tony Hardy and the Abbeville Police Department would like to thank the citizens of Abbeville for their cooperation in these investigations and urge anyone with knowledge of Tawaski Lewis's whereabouts, to please contact the Abbeville Police Department at 337-893-2511.





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