Police officers accused of stealing cash from fatal crash victim

Staff reports
Keith Snowten, left, and Rodrick Wesley, right, were booked into the Iberville Parish Jail on theft and malfeasance in office charges.

BATON ROUGE – Louisiana State Troopers arrested two St. Gabriel police officers Thursday after a three-week investigation into an alleged theft while on duty.

Keith Snowten, 23, of St. Gabriel, and Rodrick Wesley, 32, of Bayou Goula, were charged with theft and malfeasance in office, according to State Police spokesperson Tpr. Russell Graham.

Troopers booked both of the officers into the Iberville Parish Jail.

St. Gabriel Police Chief Kevin Ambeau contacted State Police after learning officers allegedly stole cash from the wallet of a man who died in a crash two months earlier, Graham said.

Ambeau conducted a preliminary investigation before turning the case over to State Police.

Graham said troopers found that Snowten assisted in the investigation of a single-vehicle fatal crash Aug. 8 in St. Gabriel. During the investigation, Snowten allegedly stole about $2,000 from the deceased driver’s wallet and gave half of the money to Wesley, Graham said.

Troopers interviewed witnesses, reviewed videos of interviews conducted by St. Gabriel police and reviewed the investigation of the crash, according to Graham.

He said troopers also interviewed both Snowten and Wesley at State Police headquarters Thursday.

Both officers were charged with felony theft and malfeasance and office, Graham said.