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Cut Off Man Arrested for Stealing Welding Machines and Equipment from Local Business


2/3/2014 by Brennan Matherne
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Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced the arrest of a Cut Off man who confessed to the burglary of several welding machines from a Cut Off business. Jason Richoux (W/M, D.O.B. 01/20/85) of 14546 Highway 3235 in Cut Off was charged with Simple Burglary and Criminal Trespassing in the incident.
 
At around 6:15 a.m. on Saturday, February 1, deputies responded to a burglary at Blanchard Contractor’s Inc., located at 15444 Highway 3235 in Cut Off. Upon arrival, deputies learned three welding machines and other items had been stolen from the business. The total value of the items was approximately $30,000. Through investigation at the scene, deputies were able to develop Jason Richoux as a suspect in the burglary. Surveillance cameras at Blanchard Contractors were able to catch Richoux on video during the crime. Detectives were called in to assist and obtained warrants for Richoux’s arrest. They made contact with Richoux at his residence and questioned him about the incident. During questioning, Richoux confessed to his involvement in the crime, and detectives also recovered the stolen property.
 
Following questioning, Richoux was transported to the Lafourche Parish Detention Center in Thibodaux and booked with Simple Burglary and Criminal Trespassing. He was released Saturday evening after posting $51,000 bond as set by Judge Walter I. Lanier III.
 
Detectives say their investigation into the incident is continuing.
 
Travis Cantrelle, who works as Health, Safety and Environmental Director for Blanchard Contractors, commended the deputies and detectives who worked on the case. “We are very pleased with the response from the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office,” said Cantrelle. “Everyone did an amazing job working together and communicating with us throughout the entire investigation.”
 
Cantrelle added that his company has spent thousands of dollars on surveillance systems at multiple locations in the past year, which has helped reduce the number of burglaries and helped identify perpetrators, such as in this case.