LIVINGSTON — Deputies were surprised when they looked out of their office windows Wednesday to see a truck they had been seeking all over the parish, said Perry Rushing, of the Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office, on Thursday.
The driver walked into the detectives’ office to report a theft. He and his companion left in handcuffs to be booked on theft and damage to property counts in another case, Rushing said.
The Sheriff’s Office had been circulating pictures of the red and white Chevrolet Suburban, which had been photographed during an investigation into one of several cases involving damage to vacuum cleaners at carwashes, Rushing said.
The cases involved breaking locks on vacuum cleaners and then searching through the waste picked up by the vacuums in search of coins and other items of value, said Rushing, who is chief of operations at the Sheriff’s Office.
Several deputies noticed the truck when it pulled into the parking lot at the Sheriff’s Office, Rushing said.
William Rice left the truck and went to the detectives’ office, where he signed an affidavit reporting the theft of a ring, Rushing said.
Moments later, deputies arrested Rice and his companion, Marsha Munley, Rushing said.
Rice, 44, and Munley, 37, both of 35107 Perkins Road in Denham Springs, each were booked on three counts of simple damage to property and one count of simple theft, Rushing said.
After Rice was released on $2,000 bond Thursday, he went back to the Sheriff’s Office parking lot to get the truck, but wasn’t allowed to take it because it had no license plate and he had no driver’s license or proof of insurance, Rushing said.
The truck remained in the parking lot late Thursday.