Copper Thieves arrested after investigation

Staff reports
Dalin Ardoin

Surveillance of suspects, which were developed in a series of copper thefts from merchants and construction vehicles, parked in hotel parking lots dating back to June 29, has resulted in three arrests this morning with the assistance of Ascension Parish Sheriffs Office.

The three suspects identified as Dalin Ardoin, Thomas Lee Holmes Jr, and Jacob Holmes were staying at the White Rose Motel on Airline Hwy. in Gonzales when arrest warrants were executed.

It became apparent these subjects were making as many as two trips a day to local scrap yards exchanging copper wiring and welding leads for cash.

Video surveillance from a number of different victimized establishments was used to develop leads to the identity of the suspects along with recent tool purchases, which were the instruments, that were used to cut the wiring.

Persistence on the part of the investigators involved, to bring the five- week rash of thefts to a close; led to these arrest.

The total amount of damage to property and thefts is totaled to be in the tens of thousands of dollars.

After the arrests, Ardoin’s vehicle was secured and found to contain a large number of welding lead ends which had been cut from the stolen cables before they were sold to the local scrap yards.

The three suspects have been booked into Ascension Parish Prison on the below listed charges and are awaiting bond consideration.

Dalin Ardoin,30, of 6894 Ouida Irondale, Weyanoke, La,  has been charged with five counts of Felony Theft in excess of $1500, four counts of Simple Burglary, and four counts of Criminal Damage to property.

Thomas L. Holmes, 25, of 15317 Floyd Holton Rd, Prairieville, has been charged with Charged with five counts of Felony theft in excess of $1500, four counts of Simple Burglary, and four counts of Criminal Damage to property

Jacob C Holmes, 22, of 15317 Floyd Holton Rd, Prairieville, has been charged with one count of Simple Burglary, one count of Felony Theft in excess of $1500, one count of Criminal Damage to property, and three counts of Principle to Burglary 

Thomas Holmes