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Two Vandals Arrested in String of Graffiti Crimes (Updated)


3/20/2014 by Brennan Matherne
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UPDATE: Joshua Lafitte is now also in custody.

ORIGINAL RELEASE:
Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre and Golden Meadow Chief of Police Reggie Pitre announced one person has been arrested and another is being sought in relation to a recent string of vandalization in Larose and Golden Meadow. Chelsie Gray (W/F, D.O.B. 02/21/92) of 160 Pershing Street in Golden Meadow was arrested after confessing to her involvement in the crimes. A warrant has been issued in relation to the case for the arrest of Joshua Lafitte (W/M, D.O.B. 05/10/92) whose last known address is 649 Highway 20 in Thibodaux.
 
On Friday, March 14, authorities received multiple reports of graffiti being found at a Larose park and at several Golden Meadow businesses. Deputies of the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to the Larose Regional Park and Civic Center, located at 307 East 5th Street in Larose, after it was discovered that several pieces of park property had been vandalized with black spray paint. Park workers discovered the damage on Friday afternoon. Officers of the Golden Meadow Police Department also began investigating reports of similar graffiti found at Golden Meadow Middle School and several businesses in the town. The graffiti was found to be consistent at the locations containing similar drawings, symbols and profanity.
 
Through the course of the investigation authorities developed Gray and Lafitte as suspects. LPSO Detectives and Chief Pitre located Gray on Wednesday, March 19, and during questioning, she confessed to her involvement in the crimes. Gray was placed under arrest and transported to the Lafourche Parish Detention Center in Thibodaux. She was booked with seven counts of Felony Criminal Damage to Property by Defacing with Graffiti. where she is currently being held in lieu of $5,000 bond.
 
A warrant has been issued for Lafitte’s arrest. Anyone with information on his whereabouts should contact Bayou Region Crime Stoppers at 1-800-743-7433 or by texting “GIVEATIP” plus your message to 274637. Tips can also be submitted using the TipSubmit Mobile application or online at www.crimestoppersbr.org.
 
Detectives say their investigation into these incidents is continuing.