At about noon today, Sheriff Tony Mancuso was notified by Sulphur Chief of Police Lewis Coates that the Wal Mart in Sulphur has surveillance photos of a man in a CPSO uniform shoplifting. The photos show the man entering and leaving the store, along with a picture of his white pick up truck in the parking lot.
Both the Sulphur Police Department and the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office began working with their intelligence divisions to identify this man. About 3:00 today, the man was identified by CPSO detectives who recognized him through previous criminal acts. He is identified as Gary A. Robertson, 26, 2636 Hudson Street, Moss Bluff. He is not a deputy but a relative of a CPSO deputy from whom he stole a uniform, unbeknownst to the deputy who confirmed she had a uniform missing.
CPSO Patrol stopped Robertson between Moss Bluff and Westlake for a traffic violation. Robertson ran but was quickly apprehended. He was booked into the Sulphur City Jail and charged with theft over $500; impersonation of a police officer; theft, with possibly more charges pending.
The Louisiana State Police also aided in the investigation.
Judge Robert Wyatt set Robertson’s bond at $120,000.