Police use tracking software to find stolen library computer

Morgan City police arrested a 24-year-old man Tuesday after they found a laptop at his residence that had been stolen from the Morgan City Public Library.

Morris Hatcher of Apple Street in Morgan City was arrested at 12:23 p.m. Monday for illegal possession of stolen things — a laptop computer valued at $800 — and possession of marijuana.

Police received a call Dec. 11 of a stolen laptop computer from the Morgan City Public Library. The laptop had software installed on it which enabled the device to be tracked while in use. Detectives were able to track the computer to Hatcher’s residence after they were provided information from Computrace, the software company used to monitor the activity.

Police executed a search warrant at the residence and the computer was located and a small amount of suspected marijuana was observed in plain sight near the computer, the report stated. Hatcher was taken to jail and held with no bail set at this time.

Morgan City Assistant Police Chief Glenn Blanco reported the following arrests:

—Dylan Pittman, 22, of Belanger Street in Morgan City, was arrested at 12:23 p.m. Tuesday on warrants for possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Pittman was taken to jail and released after posting $6,000 bail.

—Bianco Mondragon, 23, of Morgan City, was arrested at 6:03 p.m. Tuesday on a warrant for no driver’s license and failure to use a turn signal. Mondragon was taken to jail and released after posting a $562 bail.

—Tenshia Francois, 33, of Ditch Avenue in Morgan City, was arrested at 8:20 p.m. Tuesday, on a warrant for failure to pay restitution. Francois was taken to jail and released after posting $250 bail.

St. Mary Parish Sheriff Mark Hebert reported the following arrests:

—Garcia Arturo III, 31, of U.S. 90 in Amelia, was arrested at 12:02 p.m. Tuesday on warrants for failure to appear for theft, operating a vehicle while intoxicated second offense, operating a vehicle without a driver’s license, and on a warrant from Morgan City police for failure to appear on the charges of driving under suspension. A deputy received information that Arturo was at the parish courthouse in Franklin. Arturo was taken to the parish jail and held. No bail is set.

—Tommy Earl Lishman, 43, of Brule Road in Thibodaux, was arrested at 2:27 p.m. Tuesday for possession of synthetic cannabinoids, possession of drug paraphernalia, and abuse of toxic vapors. St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division detectives conducted an investigation at Conrad Deepwater in Amelia. Detectives located synthetic cannabinoids and items of drug paraphernalia. Lishman was released on a summons to appear in court on May 21.

Berwick Police Chief James Richard reported the following arrests:

—Stephanie Mae Richardson, 27, of Fort Worth, Texas, was arrested at 2:55 p.m. Tuesday for disturbing the peace intoxicated.

—Victor Manuel Romero, 35, of Houston, was arrested at 2:55 p.m. Tuesday for disturbing the peace intoxicated.

Romero and Richardson are still being held.

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