Campti man caught pilfering through mailboxes


Source: NPSO

A man acting suspiciously in the Campti area Friday afternoon was arrested on several outstanding 10th Judicial District Court Bench Warrants that also led to the seizure of several pieces of US Mail that may have been stolen from residents in north Natchitoches Parish.

At approximately 3:17 p.m. Friday, April 2 an off-duty NPSO Reserve Deputy contacted NATCOM 911 Center to report he observed a male acting suspicious by opening several mailboxes in the 8000 block of La. Hwy 9 near Campti.

The male was reportedly riding a bicycle wearing a white T-shirt and blue jeans.
Deputies responded.

Deputies discovered a male identified as Mark Wayne Lewis of Campti riding a bicycle on Cloud Crossing Road.

Lewis was observed wearing the same type clothing as described in the call.
Deputies recognized Lewis who was wanted by the NPSO and 10th Judicial District Court on bench warrants for criminal trespassing, simple burglary, theft, resisting arrest and domestic abuse battery.

They attempted to arrest him, however, he resisted by pulling away. Lewis attempted to place his right hand in his pocket to avoid being handcuffed.
The off-duty deputy who remained in the area responded to assist the arresting deputy.
Lewis was then placed under arrest without further resistance.
During a search of Lewis’s person incidental to his arrest, deputies discovered two syringes and several pieces of US Mail. Some were financial documents, including debit and credit cards addressed to residents in the Campti area.

Mark W. Lewis, 42, of the 100 block of Fisher Street, is charged with 4-counts of Failure to Appear in the 10th Judicial District Court, and Resisting Arrest.
No bond is currently set.

Authorities believe the mail may have been stolen from mailboxes in Campti, on La. Hwy 9 and possibly on Cloud Crossing Road.

The recovered mail has been turned over to the NPSO Criminal Investigations Bureau for a follow-up investigation.

Detectives are currently working with US Postal Service Inspectors to contact the owners of the mail.

Additional charges are pending as the investigation continues.
Anyone in the area that has mail missing should contact Captain D. Winder at the NPSO Criminal Investigations Bureau at 357-7830.

Deputies M. Gianonne and S. Clanton made the arrest.