WPSO: Woman arrested for theft

Published 10:45 am Wednesday, March 14, 2018

A Bogalusa woman was arrested on theft charges Monday after she reportedly stole from an incapacitated woman’s vehicle, according to Chief Deputy Mike Haley of the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Haley said that the investigation began on Sunday, March 4, when a driver with a medical condition stopped at a business on Louisiana Highway 21 near Bogalusa. Surveillance video from the business apparently showed Cynthia Watson, 43, of St. Louis Street, stop her vehicle, get out and look at the driver, who was incapacitated.

Haley said that instead of checking on the driver’s welfare, Watson went inside the victim’s vehicle and took items out of her purse, including cash and debit cards. She then reportedly looked inside the trunk of the victim’s vehicle.

Haley said that Watson then went to Walmart in Covington and made purchases with the stolen debit cards. She then returned to Bogalusa, went to the local Walmart, and returned the purchases to obtain a refund, Haley said.

The crime was investigated by WPSO Det. Demmie Rice, who was able to identify Watson and make the arrest.

On Monday, the WPSO arrested Watson, who is currently in the Washington Parish Jail with her bond set at $5,000. She is charged with simple robbery, theft and three counts of unauthorized use of a debit card.

“Great job, Detective Rice,” Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal said. “Watson’s selfishness landed her in jail and now she must deal with the judicial system. It is so gratifying to me as your sheriff to see positive results from the hard work done by our officers.”