What started as an attempted theft from an ATM and damage to property investigation, ended with one person arrested accused of several ATM thefts in East Baton Rouge Parish.
The East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office says on March 26th, deputies responded to the 13000 block of Coursey Blvd. for an attempted ATM theft. However, the suspects were unsuccessful.
That’s when officials said the suspected left the vehicle they went to the bank in, at the bank.
With the help of BRPD officers, deputies found out that vehicle was actually stolen. They also learned the same suspects were responsible for several attempted thefts from ATMs around the parish.
Then, there was another vehicle theft on Summa Ave. reported to EBRSO where the stolen vehicle was allegedly used during the attempted theft from an ATM reported to BRPD.
During that investigation, EBRSO detectives were able to identify Deatnae Mason, 21, as a suspect, as well as identify another vehicle he was allegedly using to commit the crimes.
On 3/29/22, in a joint operation, EBRSO and BRPD detectives were able to locate the suspect vehicle and gather information leading to a search warrant of Mason’s residence.
With the assistance of EBRSO SWAT, detectives executed the search warrant, where Mason and another suspect were apprehended. During the search, additional evidence was located tying Mason to the crimes. Detectives also located drugs and a firearm during the search.
Mason was booked on the following charges:
-Theft of a motor vehicle
-Simple Criminal Damage to property
-Possession of marijuana
-Possession of schedule V
-Illegal carrying of firearm with CDS
He was also booked on Affidavit warrants for Bank Fraud, Theft, and Identity Theft.
Additional charges by BRPD are pending.