One suspect is in custody and another is wanted for buying thousands of dollars in items with another person’s credit cards, authorities said.
Charles Williams, 28, of New Orleans, is charged with attempted identify theft, the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office said. He is also facing charges in Terrebonne and St. Charles parishes.
Earlier this month detectives learned two men tried to buy equipment worth several thousands of dollars at a Thibodaux business, the Sheriff’s Office said. When their credit card was declined, they left the store. Detectives learned the same men bought equipment worth thousands of dollars at a Houma location of the same business.
In both incidents, the suspects used a credit card under another person’s name and were traveling in a Penske rental truck, authorities said. On Thursday, detectives learned Williams and another unidentified man tried to buy lawnmowers with multiple declined credit cards in St. Charles Parish.
Authorities said detectives were able to link Williams to the incidents in Houma and Thibodaux. Williams admitted to his involvement in the crimes, and detectives obtained an arrest warrant, the Sheriff’s Office said. Investigators have not yet been able to identify the second suspect involved in the Houma and Thibodaux incidents.
Williams remains in custody in St. Charles Parish. His bail in Lafourche will be set at $50,000.
Authorities are asking anyone with any knowledge of the second suspect to submit an anonymous Crime Stoppers tip at 1-800-743-7433 or online at www.crimestoppersbr.org. Tips can also be submitted with the P3 Tips mobile application.
Some tipsters could be eligible for a $1,000 cash reward if the information leads to an arrest.