IBERVILLE PARISH, LA (WAFB) - Two men accused of hitting up several plants and stealing tools are behind bars in Iberville Parish.
Surveillance video from Jan. 25 in the parking lot of a chemical plant in Iberville Parish was sent to WAFB requesting help. It showed a white pick-up backing up to another truck, two men got out and moved a toolbox into their truck and drove off.
That video was posted to Facebook asking for the public's help identifying the men. Thanks to the public, the video was shared more than 1,400 times.
"With your help and social media, we got a lot of tips and a lot of feedback," said Iberville Parish Sheriff Brett Stassi.
Brandon Hoover and Jeremy Wilson were both arrested and charged with theft of goods for more than $1,500 for what was caught on surveillance video. However, Sheriff Stassi said that incident was not isolated. Instead, it's all too common.
"When they found some high dollar targets, which were these big shop tool boxes, they would take them out of the truck, if they came across a good Yeti ice chest, those types of items, they would steal them out of the workers' trucks while the people worked in the plants," said Sheriff Stassi.
On Wednesday, Hoover, who covered his face as soon as he saw the camera, was charged with another similar theft from the Total plant across the river in St. Gabriel.
"This was their work. They were stealing from daylight to dawn," said Sheriff Stassi.
Detectives got a search warrant to go look at one of the suspects' homes in Ascension Parish. That suspect then gave detectives permission to go to his dad's house in Livingston Parish and that is where the sheriff said they found evidence of some of the stolen items.
Some items recovered included a number of channel locks, wrenches, even more wrenches, a toolbox and a box full of tools. Investigators said Hoover allegedly sold the toolboxes on Craigslist and then pawned the more expensive tools, helping officials realize their thefts were not limited to only Iberville Parish.
"The high dollar items were sold at various pawn shops from Baton Rouge through Ascension, all the way to New Orleans. We're getting things from that far away," said Sheriff Stassi.
In fact, Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office now has two warrants out on Hoover for two similar thefts at plants in their parish. Hoover also faces drug charges in Ascension Parish, and Wilson has not been charged at all in Ascension as of yet.