LAFOURCHE PARISH, LA (WVUE) - Lafourche Parish investigator recovered over $6,000 in stolen merchandise after uncovering a "ring of thefts" at several Walmarts in South Louisiana.
According to Sheriff Craig Webre, police arrested 32-year-old Edward Lawson of Thibodaux in connection to the case and released a warrant for 44-year-old Willie Holmes Jr.
The investigation began in mid-November when police say Lawson and Holmes robbed the same store twice with the help of at least one other man. The two alleged robberies at the Walmart Supercenter on Highway 1 in Raceland. On Nov. 14, Lawson, Holmes and one other man left the store with over $800 in merchandise without paying for it, according to Webre. Then, on Nov. 18 an unidentified man attempted to steal over $300 in merchandise from the same store.
During their investigation, police learned that a group of individuals including Lawson and Holmes committed several thefts at different Walmarts all over Southern Louisiana and stashing the goods in a storage unit in Bayou Blue.
Police obtained a search warrant for the storage unit and discovered over 60 items that were allegedly stolen from three Walmart stores in Lafourche Parish and the Baton Rouge area.
The allegedly stolen goods police recovered were worth $6,159.56 according to Webre.
Police arrested Lawson on the night of Nov. 18. He was taken into custody on outstanding warrants for Misdemeanor Theft and Criminal Trespassing that stemmed from an incident on May 3, 2015. He was additionally charged with Felony Theft by Shoplifting in the Nov. 14 incident then released Nov. 20 after posting $2,000 bond.
Holmes is wanted for Felony Theft by Shoplifting and also has an active warrant for East Baton Rouge Parish.
The Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office is continuing its investigation. Additional arrests and charges are likely.
Anyone with information on Holmes whereabouts, or anyone with any other information related to this ring of thefts is asked to contact Crime Stoppers Bayou Region at 1-800-743-7433, or text "GIVEATIP" plus your message to 274637. Tips can also be submitted using the TipSubmit Mobile application or online athttp://www.crimestoppersbr.org. Tipsters will remain anonymous and could be eligible for a reward up to $1,000 in cash if the information given leads to an arrest.