HOUMA, LA (WVUE) - Deputies are searching for a man accused of stealing tools that were being used to help build homes for the needy. Terrebonne Sheriff Jerry Larpenter has identified the thief as 35 year old Jeremy James Rogers. Larpenter believes Rogers broke into several utility trailers belonging to Habitat for Humanity and stole a large amount of tools.
The theft came to light last week as a deputy was patrolling Oakshire neighborhood last Tuesday night. According to Larpenter, the deputy , noticed a group of people gathered around a truck which was filled with tools. They deputy then walked up to the truck, parked on the side of the road on Hampton Street and reportedly saw one of the men handling some of the tools.
When the deputy went to intervene, the man holding the tools took off running. Larpenter says others on the scene identified the man as Jeremy James Rogers from Gray, Louisiana.
Further investigation reportedly revealed that the tools that filled the bed of Rogers' truck had markings on them indicating that they were owned by Habitat for Humanity. The Terrebonne Sheriff's Office contacted Habitat for Humanity, and it was determined that three of its utility trailers had recently been burglarized. A representative from Habitat identified the tools in the back of Rogers' truck as those belonging to the organizations. The tools were returned to the group.
Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit organization that brings people together, using volunteer labor, to build homes for people in need.,
TPSO is now searching for Jeremy Rogers for three count of simple burglary. Rogers also has three outstanding warrants for a parole violation, disturbing the peace by fighting, domestic abuse battery and criminal damage to property.
If anyone has any information as to the whereabouts of Rogers, please call Crimestoppers for a reward 1-800-743-7433, or TPSO at 876-2500.