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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

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Three more charged with property damage at boat launch

Three more charged with property damage at boat launch

In a continued effort to curb damage to public boat launches, Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced three individuals have been charged with reckless operation and criminal damage at a Choctaw boat launch in separate incidents.

This week, detectives investigating criminal activity at the Sanchez Boat Launch in Choctaw charged three individuals from Thibodaux with reckless operation of a motor vehicle and simple criminal damage to property, including 17-year-old Henry Brown, 20-year-old Matthew Delcambre and a juvenile. Brown was charged in a July 16 incident, and Delcambre was charged due to a July 12 incident. The juvenile's charges stem from an incident on July 9.

Detectives said surveillance cameras were key in identifying the perpetrators.

Sheriff Webre said detectives will continue to use surveillance cameras to monitor activity at the boat launch.

"We have made it publicly known on multiple occasions that we will charge anyone caught engaging in reckless behavior like this on parish property," said Sheriff Webre.

"In the past, this type of activity has led to costly repairs of solar lights or privately-owned vehicles. Even when those damages don't occur, this reckless driving forces the parish to re-grade the parking lot which costs even more taxpayer money." Sheriff Webre added, "Let me be perfectly clear: we are monitoring these boat launches through the use of surveillance cameras, and we will identify and charge each and every individual caught driving recklessly and damaging public property."

Sheriff Webre also reminds citizens that dumping and littering at these launches is strictly prohibited and monitored. Signs have been installed at the boat launches indicating the prohibition of dumping of trash, as well as a notice that surveillance cameras are being used.

Citizens who utilize the boat launches are encouraged to assist detectives by logging vehicle information (make, model, color, etc.) as well as the license plate number of any vehicle seen driving recklessly and/or damaging public boat launches, or anyone dumping trash on these properties.