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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

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Cut Off man arrested for stealing pumps, fuel from Lafourche Pump Station

Cut Off man arrested for stealing pumps, fuel from Lafourche Pump Station

Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced the arrest of a Cut Off man who stole pumps, fuel and tools from a Parish pump station in separate incidents which occurred nine months apart. Garrett Gilliam, 41, of 163 East 96th Street confessed to the crimes which occurred in 2013 and 2014.

In November 2013, Lafourche Parish Government reported three large water pumps and a large amount of tools were stolen from a pumping station along Highway 652 in Raceland. Through investigation, detectives developed Garrett Gilliam as a suspect. After months of investigation, they eventually gathered enough evidence and obtained a warrant for Gilliam’s arrest.

Then at around 8pm on Sunday, August 24, deputies responded to a diesel spill at the same pumping station in Raceland, and eventually learned the spill had resulted from a diesel theft at that location. Detectives were also called to the scene and, through investigation, developed Gilliam as a suspect in this case as well. On Tuesday, August 26, detectives located Gilliam in the Cut Off area and immediately took him into custody without incident. He was initially transported to the South Lafourche Sub-station for questioning. During questioning, Gilliam admitted to his involvement in both incidents. He also admitted to spilling the diesel in order to make the load of stolen fuel light enough to transport.

Gilliam was booked on three counts of Felony Theft as well as Felony Simple Criminal Damage to Property. He is currently being held in lieu of $70,000 bond as set by Judge Walter I. Lanier III. He is also being held for Louisiana Probation and Parole and as a fugitive of Terrebonne Parish where he has a Contempt of Court warrant with a $10,000 bond.



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