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Suspect in medical facility thefts across Acadiana identified

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Posted at 9:01 AM, Nov 15, 2022
and last updated 2022-11-16 11:22:46-05

Acadiana law enforcement have identified a woman wanted for thefts in at least four Acadiana parishes.

Lakeshia Kennedy is wanted by Lafayette Police, New Iberia Police, Morgan City Police and Opelousas Police in connection with thefts in their cities. She's also identified as a suspect in thefts that happened between July and October of this year, ranging across south Louisiana to Gulfport, Mississippi. A warrant was issued for Kennedy accusing her of felony identity theft, police say.

Lafayette Crime Stoppers and St. Landry Crime Stoppers both have offered rewards for information leading to her arrest.

Here's a photo from her social media, provided by Lafayette Police:

And here's a copy of her driver's license photo:

If you have any information on the whereabouts of Ms. Kennedy, you can call Lafayette Crime Stoppers at 337-232-TIPS or submit your tip using the P3 Tips mobile app.

KATC Investigates has found a history of convictions on similar charges. Back in 2010 and 2011, Kennedy pleaded guilty and was convicted of multiple counts of credit card and debit card abuse while living in Texas, court records show. She was sentenced to jail time, records show.

According to releases from the agencies and posts on Crime Stoppers social media, the recent thefts all had a similar MO: the suspect wears different wigs and scrubs to get into medical facilities unnoticed. Once inside, she steals wallets or purses from the people who do work there.

The thief has been caught on surveillance cameras multiple times.

Here's the Lafayette Crime Stoppers post, with the new photo and some information about the Lafayette incident:

Here are some more photos and posts about the alleged crimes.

Here are the pictures from the Morgan City incident:

Here's the Morgan City Police Department Facebook post:

In the New Iberia case, police were called to a local medical facility on September 8.

Here are the pictures from that incident:

Here's the New Iberia Crime Stoppers Facebook post:

Here's the St. Landry Crime Stoppers post about the Opelousas incident: