App leads officials to stolen iPhone, 23 pounds of marijuana

App leads officials to stolen iPhone, 23 pounds of marijuana

THIBODAUX, LA (WAFB) - Lafourche Parish authorities say that an iPhone app lead them to 23 pounds of marijuana.

On Thursday afternoon, Lafourche Parish officials received a call that a Lake Charles man had his iPhone stolen at a football tailgate party over the weekend. The victim used a "Find my iPhone" app to give authorities a possible location at a residence on Pleasure Lane in Thibodaux.

Lafourche Sheriff Craig Webre says that deputies made contact with the residence owner, Donald Crochet.

The LPSO says Crochet denied stealing the phone at first, but eventually admitted to taking the phone while it was unattended at the tailgate. Crochet claimed that he no longer had the phone, and consented to a search.

Crochet told authorities that he had two pounds of marijuana in his attic, which prompted detectives to serve a search warrant. Detectives found 23 plastic storage bags containing about 23 pounds of marijuana, along with drug paraphernalia and the protective case for the iPhone.

Crochet was arrested and booked into the Lafourche Parish Detention Center on charges of possession with intent to distribute marijuana and illegal possession of stolen things. He was also charged with simple criminal damage to property when officials say they later found the stolen iPhone in the trash.

Crochet was released Friday morning after posting $6,000 bond.

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