Authorities on Monday searched for an unarmed escapee from the Calcasieu Parish Correctional Center. The search by deputies on foot and in a helicopter was of an wooded area bordered by Interstate 10, I-210, U.S. 90 and La. 397. (Michael Cooper / American Press)
Last Modified: Tuesday, August 14, 2012 11:40 AM
A 42-year-old Lake Charles man was arrested Monday after he was accused of stealing copper wiring from the state Department of Transportation and Development office, state police said.
Bradley Edwards was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center on charges of theft over $1,000, simple criminal property damage and flight from an officer.
Troopers responded to the burglary call and “learned that approximately 1,000 feet of copper wiring with an approximate value of $5,000 had been stolen,” Sgt. James Anderson said in a news release.
During the morning, investigators with the state and parish searched a wooded area between Interstate 10 and U.S. 90 and “observed a subject who was fleeing,” he said. A helicopter was used during the search.
After he was arrested, Edwards’ bond was set at $150,000. Anderson said if convicted, Edwards faces up to 23 years in prison and a $6,500 fine.
Anderson said state police were involved in the investigation “because we responded and the crime took place at a state agency.” He said the Calcasieu Sheriff’s Office assisted troopers and that more arrests may be made.
People with information about the crime should call troopers at 337-491-2903.