State Police on Monday arrested a state Office of Motor Vehicles employee suspected of stealing more than $4,000 from the office — and then falsifying records in an effort to cover her tracks.
Heather Prather, 34, who has worked with the OMV for eight years, admitted to police she had siphoned away cash for her own use while handling funds from the public at the OMV office at 7701 Independence Blvd., said Lt. J.B. Slaton, a State Police spokesman.
Prather then altered the records to divert suspicion, Slaton said.
Employees called law enforcement when they were conducting a regular review of their records and noticed that more than $4,000 was missing, and that there were several discrepancies in the records for motor vehicle quality reviews, Slaton said.
Prather was placed on administrative leave, and an internal investigation is underway, Slaton said. The thefts took place over at least a few months, he added.
Prather, of 13998 Carey Road, Baker, was booked into Parish Prison on counts of felony theft, injuring public records and malfeasance in office.
Man sought in multiple vehicle burglaries
Baton Rouge Police are looking for a man accused of multiple vehicle burglaries in the area of Airline Highway at North Foster Drive.
Video footage show a man burglarizing a car at around 7 a.m. Saturday, said Cpl. Don Coppola, a Baton Rouge Police spokesman.
Anyone with details about the man can call Baton Rouge Police’s Burglary Division at (225) 389-3824 or Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-7867.
Two booked on suspicion of DWI
Authorities arrested at least two people suspected of driving while intoxicated in East Baton Rouge Parish and booked them into Parish Prison between 2:30 p.m. Sunday and 2:30 p.m. Monday, booking records show.
Those booked and the counts against them:
Byron Acey, 44, 3122 Conley Ave., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, failure to yield, insurance required and drinking in a motor vehicle.
David Lee, 20, 6331 Audubon Square, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, failure to stop while emerging from an alley and reckless operation.
Compiled from staff reports. To talk to a crime reporter at The Advocate, call (225) 388-0369.