Last Modified: Thursday, September 06, 2012 5:34 PM
A 40-year-old Sulphur man has been charged with two counts of simple burglary, two counts of theft over $1,500 and illegal possession of stolen things, authorities said.
Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Kim Myers said Joseph P. O’Quain, 305 Evelyn St., was arrested Aug. 29, one day after a theft.
“On Aug. 28, deputies were dispatched to Southside Machine Shop and Custom Metal Fabricators, both in Lake Charles, regarding a theft,” Myers said in a news release on Thursday. “Numerous pieces of round stainless steel piping, worth over $1,600, was taken from Southside Machine Shop. Over $2,500 worth of flat stainless steel sheets was stolen from Custom Metal Fabricators.”
Myers said deputies received video surveillance from Southside Machine Shop. The video captured a man, later identified as O’Quain, entering the business and stealing several pieces of stainless steel piping.
“On Aug. 29, deputies received a call from a local recycling company,” Myers said. “O’Quain was attempting to sell the stainless sheet metal from Custom Metal Fabricators.
Some of the stolen material was recovered and returned to the businesses, Myers said.
Judge Kent Savoie set O’Quain’s bond at $115,000.
Detective John Melton was the lead investigator.