Louisiana man arrested for allegedly stealing cash from church donation box, burglarizing parish office

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Courtesy of LPSO

BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — The Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested a Bayou Blue man for allegedly stealing money from a church donation box and burglarizing a government office in the parish.

Deputies responded to a burglary at St. Hilary of Poitiers Catholic Church in Raceland on Feb. 2 and determined that someone entered the door to the church’s candle room, which had a damage lock, and stole cash from the church’s donation box.

The thief and his vehicle appeared on surveillance footage, which was released to the public to help LPSO identify the man. Crime Stoppers received several tips indicating that the man may have been 23-year-old Rusty Dupre, according to LPSO.

Photo of Rusty Dupre, courtesy of LPSO

A little more than a month later, deputies began investigating a burglary at the Lafourche Parish Government field office in Bayou Blue in which thieves swiped a television, radio equipment, power tools and food items.

Dupre was also identified as a suspect in this burglary, as was 31-year-old Shawn Meier, also of Bayou Blue.

Photo of Shawn Meier, courtesy of LPSO

LPSO received warrants for Dupre in both incidents and a warrant for Meier in the field office burglary.

On March 17, deputies received a third warrant for Dupre after someone fitting his description was caught on surveillance video stealing a basket of snacks designated for delivery drivers off of someone’s porch.

Deputies finally located Dupre at a Terrebonne Parish hotel on Tuesday and arrested him. Deputies then transported him to the Lafourche Parish Correctional Complex, where he’s held on a $78,750 bond.

Dupre faces two counts of simple burglary, criminal trespassing, theft and simple criminal damage to property.

Detectives have not yet apprehended Meier. Anyone with information on his whereabouts can submit an anonymous tip to the Crime Stoppers Bayou Region at 1-800-743-7433 or www.crimestoppersbr.org. 


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