Parish man arrested, stolen items recovered

Published 1:42 pm Wednesday, October 2, 2019

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A Washington Parish man was arrested recently and charged in connection with various thefts in the area, according to Chief Deputy Mike Haley of the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Haley said that Randall Chynne Urbanski, 43, a resident of Tycer Varnado Road near Franklinton, is in the Washington Parish Jail after his Sept. 24 arrest by the WPSO for possession of stolen property, possession with intent to distribute illegal narcotics, possession of a pistol with an obliterated serial number and being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. As of Wednesday afternoon, Urbanski remained in jail with his bond set at $330,000.

Acting on a request from the Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office, Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal dispatched deputies to the Tycer Varnado Road address to search for items that had been reported stolen in Livingston and East Baton Rouge parishes, Haley said.

“Armed with a search warrant, detectives recovered numerous stolen items, including a dump truck stolen from Denham Springs, trailers stolen from Baton Rouge and a truck stolen from Washington Parish, along with illegal narcotics and weapons,” Haley said. “Also recovered was a Caterpillar mini-excavator whose owner has yet to be identified.”

WPSO Det. Raymond Myers is handling the investigation and asks that any person who might have purchased any material or items from Urbanski contact Myers at 985-839-3434.

Haley said that Urbanski is no stranger to the criminal justice system, having been arrested four previous times in Washington Parish. Previous arrests include charges of manufacturing and selling illegal drugs and possession of stolen property.

“It is my desire to introduce Mr. Urbanski to the Louisiana Department of Corrections,” Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal said. “He deserves to be in their custody for a long period of time and we are presenting a strong case to the District Attorney for Urbanski’s prosecution. Meanwhile, if anyone has knowledge of any other crimes committed by Urbanski, I ask them to contact either me or Det. Myers.”

Some of the items reportedly stolen came from as far away as Livingston and East Baton Rouge parishes.