Baton Rouge man arrested, second suspect sought after 34 computers were stolen
POSTED: Friday, September 6, 2013 - 4:00pm
UPDATED: Friday, September 6, 2013 - 4:04pm
RACELAND, LA — Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced a reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of man who stole several laptop and tablet computers from a Raceland department store last month with the help of a security worker assigned to the store. The total value of the 34 stolen items is around $12,000.
Last week, detectives were contacted in reference to theft that occurred at the Wal-Mart Supercenter Store located at 4858 Highway 1 in Raceland.
Through investigation, deputies learned that Anthony Hardnett, 27, a worker for a private security service company, was at the store installing new security cameras on August 7, 2013. He allegedly disconnected a security camera without authorization during the early morning hours.
During the early morning hours of August 8, an unknown male entered the store and stole 23 Apple iPads, nine other tablet-style computers, a laptop computer, and a desktop computer from the back warehouse area.
Detectives learned Hardnett had no job-related reason or order to disconnect the camera, and video shows Hardnett appeared to be acting as a “lookout” during the theft. Surveillance cameras also caught the perpetrator walking into a bathroom with empty duffel bags, and then walking out with full bags.
Hardnett, a Baton Rouge resident, was arrested for Felony Theft on Tuesday, August 27, and refused to cooperate with investigators. He was booked into the Lafourche Parish Detention Center in Thibodaux on and was subsequently released on August 28 after posting $10,000 bond.
Detectives are now trying to identify the suspect caught on camera. Anyone who can identify the suspect, or anyone with information on this case, is asked to contact Bayou Region Crime Stoppers at (800) 743-7433 or by texting “GIVEATIP” plus your message to 274637. Tips can also be submitted using the TipSubmit Mobile application or online at www.crimestoppersbr.org or via the “Submit a Tip” tab on the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office official Facebook Page. Tipsters can remain anonymous and could be eligible for a reward up to $1,000.00 in cash if the information given leads to an arrest.