Information sharing leads Lafourche Parish deputies to steak shoplifters

Information sharing leads Lafourche Parish deputies to steak shoplifters

POSTED: Friday, March 22, 2013 - 1:45pm

UPDATED: Friday, March 22, 2013 - 1:49pm

Two women have been charged with shoplifting following an incident which occurred Wednesday at a Mathews supermarket.

Jaunna Bergeron, 29, and Kelly Dunn, 36, were both charged with theft. Deputies were able to locate the suspects by accessing information through a database shared by law enforcement agencies throughout Lafourche Parish.

On Wednesday afternoon, deputies responded to the Rouses Supermarket in Mathews in reference to a shoplifting complaint. Through investigation, deputies learned two women tried to steal several rib eye steaks by attempting to conceal them inside a purse.

Loss-prevention employees at the store spotted one of the women and attempted to stop her, but she dropped the purse and ran toward a silver Chevrolet Impala parked nearby. She entered the car and fled the scene with the other woman. Employees only managed to give deputies a partial license plate number.

Utilizing the Law Enforcement Data System, also known as LEDS, deputies researched the partial plate number and found a match with a silver Impala belonging to Jaunna Bergeron. The system also showed Thibodaux Police arrested Bergeron and Dunn for shoplifting in February. Deputies made contact with the women, and they admitted to their involvement in Wednesday’s incident. Each was issued a criminal summons for theft of goods.

Sheriff Webre said this crime was quickly solved due to sharing information. “Lafourche Parish is one of the only areas in the country where all law enforcement entities are sharing information through a single consolidated system,” said Sheriff Webre. This is a small example of the benefits of LEDS, but it demonstrates how Lafourche Parish continues to be a national leader in the field of law enforcement technology.”

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