L.D.W.F. Agents Recover Two Stolen Vessels

Release Date: 02/01/2011

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents arrested three Dequincy men for allegedly possessing stolen vessels on Jan. 26, 2011 in Bayou D'Inde near Sulphur.

Agents arrested Heith Logan Babineaux, 22, Wacey Paul Goodfriend, 19, and Stann Michael Leblue, 19, for unauthorized use of a moveable. The case has been turned over to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office for further investigation.

While investigating a report of a vessel floating freely, LDWF agents noticed another vessel with three occupants in the same general vicinity. The subjects in the vessel were tightening the engine bracket as LDWF agents approached them. Having received a memo a few days earlier, agents recognized the vessel as having been reported stolen the previous week from a residence in Lake Charles.

Agents confirmed the vessel was stolen and detained the three subjects for further questioning. Agents also confirmed that the free-floating vessel was stolen and had been stripped of the motor, which was being used on the previously mentioned stolen vessel. Agents seized the stolen property and returned it to the rightful owners.

The penalty for unauthorized use of a moveable is imprisonment with or without hard labor for up to three years, or up to a $5,000 fine or both.

Participating in the case were Sr. Agents Sean Moreau and Beau Robertson, Sgt. David Sanford and Lt. Remy Broussard.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.