Auto theft investigation leads to 16 Arrests, 18 suspects still at-large

BATON ROUGE — Louisiana State Police arrested 16 suspects and are searching for 18 others wanted as a result of an auto theft investigation.

State police say in January 2022, detectives assigned to the Louisiana State Police Insurance Fraud and Auto Theft Unit began investigating disparities in numerous transactions at Public Tag Agencies (PTA) and Auto Title Companies (ATC) across the state.

Throughout the investigation, detectives identified 34 suspects accused of using fraudulent documents to undervalue the cost of 180 vehicles to avoid taxes. Detectives also learned that some of these previously reported stolen vehicles were located with identifiers altered or hidden.

Officials say the total value of vehicles involved in this investigation is estimated at over $9.8 million. The total estimated amount of tax fraud is over $300,000. 

State police later learned that the individuals were working together as a criminal organization. The suspects worked individually and collectively to commit fraud and theft in Louisiana.

Louisiana State Police has obtained full extradition arrest warrants for 18 suspects still at large The following 16 individuals have been arrested for forgery, filing false public records, and felony theft.

Arrested

  • 35-year-old Errean Centeno of Covington, LA 
  •  35-year-old Tashia Hubbard of Willis, TX 
  •  30-year-old Willie Tolbert of Cleveland, TX 
  •  46-year-old Kenneth Redding of Houston, TX 
  •  33-year-old Leigha Garner of Conroe, TX 
  •  31-year-old Alaric Cowart of Houston, TX 
  •  56-year-old Raynaldo Hernandez III of Houston, TX 
  •  34-year-old Samuel Thompson of Conroe, TX 
  •  20-year-old Angel Gamino of Houston, TX 
  •  40-year-old Maria Cantu of Houston, TX 
  •  26-year-old Shawn Carden of Humble, TX 
  •  31-year-old Amber Archer of Belleview, FL 
  •  39-year-old Tabatha McMullan of Houston, TX 
  •  27-year-old Joshua Gipson of Humble, TX 
  •  34-year-old Jacquez Evans of Corpus Christi, TX 
  •  25-year-old Jacob Hurtado of Humble, TX 

The Louisiana State Police coordinated with the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office, Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles, Louisiana Department of Revenue, National Insurance Crime Bureau, Houston Police Department (TX), Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office (TX), and numerous other local law enforcement agencies during the investigation.

Anyone with information related to this investigation is asked to contact the Louisiana State Police – Insurance Fraud and Auto Theft Unit (Breaux Bridge Field Office) at (337) 332-8080 or via email at LSP.Insurance.Fraud.Unit@la.gov. This investigation is ongoing, and additional charges for all parties may be forthcoming. 

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