Bogalusa man arrested for theft

Published 1:40 pm Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Rashard Lonzell Bickham, 40, a resident of Oakwood Drive in Bogalusa, is in the Washington Parish Jail, charged with theft, failure to appear in court, failure to pay a court ordered fine and being a fugitive from Lafayette Parish. His bond is set at $23,828.

Chief Deputy Mike Haley of the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office said that Bickham’s arrest is the result of an investigation conducted by WPSO detectives regarding a bank fraud complaint from a business on Highway 10 east of Bogalusa. The bank fraud resulted in a loss to the business of more than $13,000 and was discovered when the business conducted a review of their banking records, Haley said.

Bickham has two previous stays in the Washington Parish Jail. In 2007, he was jailed for drug offenses, traffic offenses, resisting an officer by flight on foot and a probation and parole hold. In May of 2019, he was in jail again, charged with failure to appear in court and being a fugitive from another jurisdiction.

“No one is immune from a thief,” Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal said. “Individuals and businesses alike should always keep a close watch on their banking records for any fraud that might occur. If you discover a fraudulent entry in your bank records, contact your bank immediately and notify the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office detective division at 985-839-3434.”