Port Sulphur, La. - A 41-year-old Port Sulphur woman has been arrested for stealing thousands of dollars from a donut shop in Plaquemines Parish. Sheriff Lonnie Greco, Sr. says Tonya Lynn Moore is accused of stealing nearly $3,000 in cash from La Caffe Casa where Moore was a former employee. She is facing charges of theft and simple battery.
The incident reportedly happened on Friday, December 27th shortly after 9 PM. Deputies with the Plaquemines Parish Sheriff's Office were called to the donut shop in the 26100 block of Highway 23 in Port Sulphur. Upon arrival, deputies talked with workers at the store, who reported the theft of the money and positively identified Moore as the suspect. Witnesses say Moore fled the restaurant with the money and hit a customer on the way out of the door. She took off in her pick-up truck.
A short time later, assisting deputies located Moore and her pick-up truck in the 100 block of Martin Lane in Port Sulphur. During the investigation, Moore allegedly confessed to stealing the money from the business. Deputies located $150 of the stolen money concealed in her pants legs, as well as a syringe that was concealed on her person.
Investigators say Moore cooperated with deputies in recovering additional stolen money, which she reportedly had hidden in her vehicle, as well as an abandoned vehicle. Deputies successfully recovered a total of $2,842 of the stolen money.
Moore was subsequently booked into the Belle Chasse Lockup for Theft over $1,500 and Simple Battery. She remains in the custody of the Sheriff's Office in lieu of a $12,500 bond.