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Arrests made in Marrero roofing shingle scheme

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Marrero, La. - Multiple arrests have been made in a string of roofing shingle thefts in Jefferson Parish.

On Sept. 10, a Third District patrol unit uncovered the scheme while investigating a simple battery complaint. The Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office Burglary and Theft Section began a follow-up investigation and determined that Ronnie Deville and Nicholas Champagne were storing stolen shingles at a friend's house in Marrero.

According to a witness, both suspects stole the shingles from job sites on the westbank of Jefferson Parish and then returned them to Home Depot and Lowes for refunds.

According to a press release from the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office, detectives learned from the loss prevention manager at Home Depot in Marrero that the store was conducting its own investigation into the activities of Champagne, Deville and a few others. Home Depot had been monitoring and recording all of their transactions.

​A detective learned that the same activities were taking place at Lowe's locations in Marrero and in Harvey by the same suspects.  

As the investigation continued, Chelsea Autin and Deville were brought to the investigations bureau for questioning, and both admitted to stealing shingles under the guidance of Dylan Guidry. Both admitted having done this numerous times to get money to feed their heroin addiction. They also confirmed and named Gary Matherne, Nicholas Champagne, Dylan Guidry and Destinee Grabert as co-conspirators.  

Autin and Deville were taken to the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center where Deville was booked with two misdemeanor thefts and an attachment and Autin was arrested for one misdemeanor theft and an attachment.  

Guidry was later located in Gretna and arrested on charges of theft after confessing to stealing roofing shingles, the Sheriff's Office said. 

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information on any of these incidents or who may have knowledge of criminal activity involving the suspects is asked to call the JPSO Burglary Division at (504) 364-5300 or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

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