It’s bad enough that roofing contractors are dealing with supply shortages, let alone in the Hurricane Ida-ravaged state of Louisiana, but now thieves are targeting those roofing supplies.
Deputies with the St. John the Baptist Sheriff's Office in Louisiana arrested a Gramercy, La. man on Nov. 15 for allegedly stealing several packs of shingles worth more than $7,000 from a LaPlace business on Nov. 5.
According to the sheriff’s office, deputies responded to the business around 2 p.m. in reference to the theft. They learned that an employee was working an outside pick-up station for shingles when an unknown male subject handed the employee a purchase invoice for several packs of shingles.
Once the shingles were loaded into the unknown subject’s vehicle, the subject left the parking lot. The employee then realized that the invoice was a fraudulent document.
Deputies reviewed video surveillance footage to determine that the unknown subject was Sean Gautreaux, 39, of Gramercy. Based on the investigation, detectives obtained a warrant for Gautreaux’s arrest. He was booked with theft - $5,000 to $25,000, a felony. He is being held in custody in lieu of a $25,000 bond.
According to the sheriff’s office, Gautreaux has been arrested 12 times in St. John Parish.