IBERVILLE PARISH, LA (WAFB) - Iberville Parish Sheriff Brett Stassi said they started getting calls from the Bayou Pigeon and Bayou Sorrel areas around the beginning of September for thefts.
"Once we started investigating thefts of gas cans and fuel for boats, it accelerated into taking a cover off a boat that was located in somebody's yard," said Stassi.
Thanks to people in the community talking to deputies, they realized the boat with the odd cover belonged to Garrett Petersen, 19. When deputies arrested him Thursday night, Stassi said he admitted to stealing the fuel and gas cans. But the sheriff's office also had a complaint about a stolen boat motor from Brett Bourgoyne.
"After Labor Day weekend, my boat motor was gone out of the boat," said Bourgoyne. "They took my gas tank and it was a rare tank. It's not a very obvious gas tank and they took that one and they also took my dad's gas tank."
During their investigation, Sheriff Stassi said they found the motor on Petersen's boat was the stolen motor.
On Friday, additional charges were added to Petersen after he admitted his role in taking the boat motor and a gun out of the boat. Plus, he also said he had help in stealing the boat motor. That's why deputies arrested Benjamin Boudreaux Friday.
Sheriff Stassi thanks to the communities for calling in small fuel thefts. They were able to link other crimes to one person.
"No matter how small the crime, if you see something, say something. That could lead to the arrest of bigger crimes and bigger criminals," said Stassi.
Stassi said their investigation continues into some other thefts including some camp burglaries.