Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Searching for Identity of Those Responsible for Theft & Damage at Barbe High School in Lake Charles

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Searching for Identity of Those Responsible for Theft & Damage at Barbe High School in Lake Charles

Barbe High School Lake Charles burglary
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Updated August 1, 2019 at 10:45 a.m.

UPDATE: The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office has arrested two and issued two warrants in this case.

Updated information published August 1, 2019 – On July 22 a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy was dispatched to Barbe High School in Lake Charles in reference to a burglary. During the investigation detectives reviewed surveillance footage at the school and learned on July 21 at approximately 5:00 a.m. several suspects broke into the baseball concession stand at the school and stole an IPhone. The suspects then entered the school and spray painted several of the walls inside. The suspects returned to the school on July 23 and wrote on numerous desks and destroyed a Promethean Board. The suspects caused over $6,000 worth of damage.

After further investigation and releasing surveillance photographs of the suspects to the public, detectives were able to identify the suspects as Seth R. Bordelon, 18, Mamou, Thomas D. Berzas, 20, Elton, Mitchell M. Hughes, 21, and a 17 year old juvenile both of Lake Charles. On July 29 the juvenile was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Parish Juvenile Detention Center. The following day July 30, Bordelon was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center. He was released later the same day on a $10,000 bond set by Judge Clayton Davis. On July 31, Judge Davis signed warrants for the arrest of Berzas in the amount of $13,000 and Hughes in the amount of $7,000. The juvenile, Bordelon and Berzas are charged with simple burglary; 2 counts of simple criminal damage to property $1,000 to $50,000; theft less than $1,000; and unauthorized entry into a place of business. Hughes, who was not responsible for the second incident that occurred at the school, is charged with simple burglary; simple criminal damage to property $1,000 to $50,000; and theft less than $1,000.

CPSO Detective John Coffman is the lead investigator on this case.

The original article based on information released by the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office on July 22, 2019 is below the photos.



Original article based on information released by the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office on July 22, 2019

Lake Charles, LA – On July 22, 2019 a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy was dispatched to Barbe High School in Lake Charles in reference to a burglary. During the investigation, detectives reviewed surveillance footage at the school and learned on July 21 at approximately 5:00 a.m. several suspects broke into the baseball concession stand at the school and stole an iPhone. The suspects then entered the school and spray painted several of the walls inside.

While investigating the initial complaint detectives were advised by school personnel the suspects returned to the school on July 23 and wrote on numerous desk and destroyed a Promethean Board. The suspects caused over $6,000 worth of damage.

If anyone has any information regarding the identity of the suspects seen in these photographs, please contact CPSO at 491-3605 or Crime Stoppers at 439-2222.

CPSO Detective John Coffman is the lead investigator on this case.

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