HOUSTON – Eight people with Houston addresses were arrested in Lake Charles, Louisiana, in connection with what officials believe was an ATM theft ring, according to a release from the Lake Charles Police Department.
Officers responded to the 4100 block of Nelson Road in Lake Charlesat 3:30 a.m. Thursday.
“During the course of the investigation, numerous patrol officers, SWAT officers, detectives, and with the assistance of the Louisiana State Police, 8 arrests were made,” officials wrote.
All eight suspects provided Houston addresses and were charged with attempted theft, theft of a motor vehicle and racketeering.
The suspects are:
- Reginald Simmons, 21
- Quaylon Bown, 28
- Rodney Hill, 19
- Don Tyrone Jr., 24
- A’jae Carr, 25
- Javarion Davis, 29
- Harold Oliver, 32
- Jamaul Hunt, 24
Officials say they investigated five previous ATM thefts in Lake Charles they believe are related to the Thursday attempt, beginning in September. Each suspect faces a bond of $1.3 million.
An attempted ATM theft in the nearby town of Sulphur is also believed to be connected to this theft ring, officials say.
Surveillance footage from Sulphur shows three suspects tying a chain to an ATM machine on Ruth Street and dragging it away with a truck Thursday morning. The machine was later found near the intersection of East Kent Drive and West Kent Drive. The ATM is valued at more than $18,000, officials say.
Officials say when officers pursued the suspects in Sulphur, three occupants of the truck stopped in the front yard of a home and fled police. Two were caught after a brief chase and the third was found and arrested a short time later. Officials learned that the truck was previously reported stolen in Houston.
The three men arrested in Sulphur are:
- Joshua Jemille Lee, 24
- Effron Anthony Williams, 18
- Daivion Anthony Banton, 30
All three face felony criminal damage to property, felony theft, resisting an officer and felony possession of a stolen vehicle, officials say.
KPLC-TV in Lake Charles assisted with this report.