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Subcontractor employee steals truck from Galliano work site

Subcontractor employee steals truck from Galliano work site

A man has been arrested for stealing a truck from an oilfield contractor's Galliano site. Damon Johnson, 38, originally of Warwick, Rhode Island, admitted to taking the truck from a work site last month.

Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office Detectives opened an investigation on June 24 after an employee of an oilfield contracting business reported a welding truck had been stolen from their Galliano site. Through investigation, detectives learned the truck had a GPS system and discovered the truck had been taken from the work site on June 11. They also learned the truck had been to a location in Morgan City before it was abandoned in a wooded area just off U.S. Highway 90 near its intersection with LA Highway 662. The vehicle was located, but the welding equipment and other items inside the vehicle were missing.

Detectives then began working with the St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office to investigate the Morgan City location to which the truck was shown to have traveled. They discovered the welding equipment and other items located behind a residence at the location, and that a man named Damon Johnson had dropped off the equipment at the site. Detectives learned Johnson was an employee for a subcontractor of the business which owned the vehicle, but did not have permission to use the vehicle in any way. Detectives then obtained a warrant for Johnson's arrest.

Johnson was arrested by Jefferson Parish Sheriff's deputies after he was discovered at a job site in Lafitte, and he was eventually transported to the Lafourche Parish Detention Center in Thibodaux. On Tuesday, June 30, detectives met with Johnson, and during questioning, Johnson admitted to his involvement in the crime. He was booked theft of a motor vehicle, and he also had an outstanding warrant for contempt of court.

He is being held in lieu of $55,000 bond as set by Judge Christopher J. Boudreaux.

Johnson has a lengthy criminal history dating back to 1996 in Louisiana, including 16 arrests for charges involving theft, burglary, possession of stolen property, and indecent behavior with juveniles.

Detectives say their investigation into this case is continuing.