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Deputies arrest suspect in connection with theft of $50K in electronic equipment from flooded school

Desmond Calloway (Source: Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office) Desmond Calloway (Source: Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office)

Authorities have arrested a man in connection with the theft of about $50,000 worth of electronic equipment from a school that was damaged in the historic flooding.

The Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office reported Desmond Calloway, 26, of Raceland, turned himself in on September 19.

Investigators said numerous electronic devices were taken from Springfield High School when contractors were cleaning water damage on August 20 and August 21.

Detectives said Calloway was positively identified as the person seen on a surveillance camera tampering with the surveillance equipment at the school. They added they learned Calloway had been hired by a contractor to help with disaster recovery in the parish.

"Through our investigation, we can prove Calloway covered up and altered surveillance equipment at Springfield High on August 20, 2016," Sheriff Jason Ard said in a written release. "We believe these cameras were adjusted to keep the actual acts of theft of computer equipment, electronics and money from being seen on camera."

Calloway was booked into the Livingston Parish Detention Center on a charge of tampering with surveillance or monitoring equipment. Officials said he was released after posting $25,000 bond.

Detectives added the investigation is ongoing and they believe others were involved in the theft.

Anyone with information about the case is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 344-7867.

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