Authorities are ordering residents of part of Louisiana to check sheds, patios and self-storage units to see if anything is missing, even a kitchen sink. They also ask owners of personal storage companies to check for signs of tampering and locked but not rented units.
The missing property could be one of hundreds of stolen property recently discovered, most of them in supposedly empty but locked storage units in Lafourche Parish, south, said Lt. Brennan. Matherne, spokesman for the Sheriff's Department, in an email to The Associated Press. Investigators say they are worth tens of thousands of dollars.
"It seems like he stole anything that seemed to have value," Matherne wrote. "Among the most unusual items are a combination of winter commonly used by foreign workers, a collection of stamps, an inflatable hot tub, a reel-to-reel reader, a 45-disc disc player with discs , a machine that stimulates bone growth and two kitchen sinks. The most expensive items would probably be a boat trailer and welding machines. "
Members want to return all of them to their owners.
Sidney Richard Sr., 49, also known as Sidney Ricard, is accused of having stolen everything.
Richard, of Cut Off – about 50 km south of New Orleans – was arrested in December for two counts of possession of stolen property after detectives found a vehicle stolen from a motel in Golden Meadow, about 20 km (20 km) km) south-southeast of Cut Off.
Richard was released on bail but was arrested again on February 14 and his bail raised to $ 65,000 after the discovery of new caches, according to a press release from the sheriff's office.
Matherne said that he did not know if Richard had a lawyer who could speak for him.
According to the press release, he used a pseudonym to market products via social media.
"Many items appear to have been stolen from residential sheds and self-storage facilities," the statement said. "Some objects seem to have been stolen from shipyards or other industrial or construction sites. Recovered items include industrial items, welding equipment, generators, golf clubs, power tools, store vacuums and various electronic devices, to name a few. "
The police are not releasing the pseudonym or asking people who have bought something from Richard to make themselves known, but is trying to track down buyers, Matherne said.
"We are contacting self-storage owners directly to check their units and report any tampering or use of units that have not been rented," he wrote. "We also encourage homeowners who can afford to provide their own locks for their storage facilities."
McConnaughey reported from New Orleans.
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