Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Deputies arrested a Lafayette Parish man in connection with the theft of a utility vehicle. Deputies responded Sunday, Oct. 11 at 1 p.m. to reports of several suspicious persons at a residence in the 1700 block of La. Hwy 490 in Chopin.
Deputies located three male subjects, all from the Lafayette area.
Deputies confirmed the subjects had permission to be at the residence, but while investigating the matter, discovered a 2012 Polaris Utility Vehicle valued at approximately $8,000 hidden behind the residence.
A concerned citizen informed deputies that the utility vehicle shouldn’t have been at the residence.
Deputies observed the dashboard had been pried open, wires stripped and the ignition switch removed to hot wire the UTV and observed front end damage consistent with a crash as well.
Deputies learned the Polaris had been stolen from a camp house shed across the street.
Interviews of the three men determined Adam Jacob Bourque, 28, of Scott was responsible for the theft.
The subjects were in the area after they left Lafayette Parish in an effort to avoid Hurricane Delta.
Bourque is charged with Criminal Trespassing, Simple Criminal Damage to Property and Illegal Possession of Stolen Things valued over $5,000. He remains in the Natchitoches Detention Center awaiting bond.
The vehicle was released to an authorized person.
Reserve Deputy E. Upchurch and Sgt. B. Dalme made the arrest.