Belle Chasse woman booked for falsely reporting car stolen
Belle Chasse, LA (NBC33) — Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s officers responded to the 100 block of Sigma Street in Belle Chasse in reference to an alleged auto theft on Friday, June 27, 2014.
The alleged victim, Melissa Lynn Bond, 37, reported that someone stole her black 2007 Ford Taurus from her residence.
Bond told deputies she did not give anyone permission to take or use the vehicle and believed that her ex-boyfriend may have stolen it.
Deputies did not locate any evidence suggesting forced entry.
After talking to witnesses, deputies learned that two black men were seen standing outside the victim’s residence the night before. One of the subjects was described as having medium-length dreadlocks and the other as having short hair.
Bond told deputies that she did not know anyone matching that description.
Shortly before 2:00 p.m. the next day, the Gretna Police Department conducted a traffic stop on the alleged stolen vehicle in the 1400 block of Virgil Street. The driver of the vehicle was described as a black male with dreadlocks.
This driver told officers that he is a longtime friend of the victim and had permission to use her vehicle. He further stated that he was trying to get the transmission repaired by someone, who took the vehicle on Thursday June 26, but did not immediately return it. The driver said he called Bond the next day and told her to report the car stolen, and she did. The subject never contacted Bond to inform her that the vehicle was returned to him.
Bond went to the scene of the traffic stop in Gretna and told officers that the man driving the car was a longtime friend and had permission to take her car, but only for two hours, and that he did not return it. Bond admitted that the friend called her and told her to report the car stolen.
Based on the results of the investigation, Detectives obtained an arrest warrant on Bond for Theft of a Motor Vehicle.
On Thursday, July 10, 2014, at approximately 5:45 p.m., Bond arrived at the Belle Chasse Detective Bureau and was arrested for Theft of a Motor Vehicle.
She was then taken to Belle Chasse Lockup for booking, but was released from custody on July 11 in lieu of a $5,000 bond.