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CPSO and WLPD searching for suspects in vehicle, ATM thefts

Posted at 5:20 PM, Aug 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-08 23:01:01-04

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office deputies are asking for the public's help in locating suspects in relation to multiple thefts.

On August 3 at 1:00, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office and Westlake Police Department officers responded to a call of a theft at a bank on Sampson Street in Westlake.

After arriving on scene, officers realized the ATM in the parking lot was missing. They also discovered a trailer with a forklift that had been left in the parking lot.

Officers learned that the trailer, along with a truck, had been stolen from a business on Highway 90 East in Lake Charles. They discovered the forklift had been stolen from a business on Candice Lane in Lake Charles.

Detectives obtained video surveillance from the area near the bank and the businesses where the thefts occurred. The video shows the stolen truck pulling the stolen trailer and forklift travel to the bank and steal the ATM.

Later the same day, CPSO deputies were called to Bayou D'inde Pass in Sulphur in response to a vehicle on fire. On the scene, deputies located the burnt truck and learned it was the stolen truck from the previous incident.

They also discovered a burned ATM, which was the machine stolen from the bank.

Detectives believe there are possibly three suspects involved and possibly another vehicle, described as a dark colored Dodge truck.

CPSO and WLPD are asking if anyone has information regarding these incidents or can identify the suspects seen in the photographs to contact either the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office at 491-3605 or the Westlake Police Department at 433-4151.

CPSO's Vehicle Crimes Investigation Unit are working the stolen truck, trailer, and forklift and WLPD detectives are working the stolen ATM.