Simply put, a Con Artist uses the power of persuasion to cheat or trick others into believing something that is not true. Many of them spend years honing in on this terrible skill. Scams rob us not only of our hard earned money, but also our self-esteem and peace of mind.
Con Artists will use fear tactics – fear of penalty fees, fear of public humiliation, and even fear of physical arrest – to make an honest person act quickly and follow their demands.
Con-artists may pretend to be a representative of a government agency or a legitimate business with all of the correct terminology and possibly even some of your personal information.
Regardless of the details, the majority of the time the end will be about money. Quickly send them money or you’ll be arrested. Quickly send them money to avoid additional penalty fees. Quickly send them money or your home will be foreclosed. Quickly send them money or your assets will be frozen. Do you see the trend?
Stay ahead of the Con Artists with these simple steps to protect yourself.
- Never give personal information out over the phone. This includes credit card numbers, phone numbers, social security number or bank account information.
- Don’t crack under the pressure. Con Artists can be aggressive. Take your time and ask plenty of questions, this will probably annoy them and give you a lot of satisfaction. Get a second opinion from a trusted friend or even law enforcement before taking any action.
- Don’t forsake your own personal power. You have a right to say “NO!” If someone on the other end of the phone makes you suspicious or fearful, assert yourself and get off of the phone. The longer you stay on the phone, the greater the chances are that the Con Artist will be able to get you to commit to something.
You can call the National Fraud Information Center at 800-876-7060, 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. EST. If you have internet access, you can visit Fraud Watch at www.fraud.org for the latest in fraud alerts. If you live in the City of Thibodaux and have a suspicion of a con, you can contact the Thibodaux Police Department and ask to speak to the Public Information Officer, Sgt. David Melancon, who will be more than happy to speak to you about your concerns.
Reporting frauds of any kind is vital. Exposure can prevent further frauds form taking place. If a con is discovered and people become aware of the scam, it may make it more difficult for the Con Artist to use it without being detected.
Thibodaux Chief of Police Bryan Zeringue announced the arrest of Calvin Price Jr. (B/M, 28) for Simple Burglary.
On July 24th, 2017, during the day time working hours, Calvin Price Jr. took the victim’s vehicle key off of the victim’s set of keys that were left in the manager’s office of their place of employment in the 800 Block of North Canal Boulevard.
Price then uses the key to burglarize the victim’s vehicle, which was parked outside of the building; he made off with $40. The victim noticed that the key was off of the key ring at the end of the work day and decided to contact the Police.
After reviewing the video footage, Price was seen exiting the rear of the building and burglarizing the vehicle. A warrant was obtained for the arrest of Calvin Price Jr.
On Thursday, March 8th, 2018, at approximately 5:58 p.m., a black Chevrolet Camaro that Price was riding in was stopped for traffic violations. Price was placed under arrest for his warrant.
Calvin Price Jr. was released from the Lafourche Parish Detention Center at 8:46 p.m. the same day after posting his $5,000 bond.
Thibodaux Chief of Police Bryan Zeringue announced the arrest of Devonte Robertson (B/M, 23) for Attempted 2nd Degree Murder.
Devonte Robertson turned himself in to the Lafourche Parish Detention Center today, March 9th, at approximately 12:20 a.m. Devonte’s lawyer contact the Thibodaux Police Department and let them know that Devonte would be turning himself in.
Delmonte Robertson, the other shooting suspect, was arrested on Thursday, March 8th, when Thibodaux Police Officers and a U.S. Marshal converged on his family residence at 1017 Talbot Avenue around 12:30 p.m.
The victim that Devonte and Delmonte shot multiple times is still hospitalized.
Both Delmonte Robertson and Devonte Robertson are being held at the Lafourche Parish Detention Center on Attempted 2nd Degree Murder charges each with a $500,000 bond.
Thibodaux Chief of Police Bryan Zeringue announced the arrest of Trevor Theriot (W/M, 28) for Organized Retail Theft, Possession of Heroin, and Possession of Suboxone.
Trevor Theriot was arrested on Wednesday, March 7th, after the findings of an internal investigation by his place of employment in the 200 Block of North Canal Blvd were submitted to the Police.
The company was notified by another employee that Theriot was stealing from the store, which prompted the internal investigation. During the investigation, it was discovered that on February 28th Theriot stole a container of Similac baby formula and exchanged it for Norco pills in the parking lot of the business. Theriot also admitted that he stole chicken noodle soup and gum in the past, but did not know the exact dates.
As Police were searching Theriot after placing him under arrest, they found suspected Suboxone and suspected Heroin on Theriot. He was transported to the Lafourche Parish Detention Center where he is being held on a $10,500 bond.
Thibodaux Chief of Police Bryan Zeringue announced the arrest of Delmonte Tyrek Robertson (B/M, 19) for Attempted 2nd Degree Murder.
Delmonte Robertson is one of two suspects that the Thibodaux Police Department has been searching for in connection to a shooting that happened on Wednesday, February 28th. Delmonte Robertson and the other suspect Police are still searching for, Devonte Robertson, shot the victim multiple times after an argument. The victim tried driving himself to the hospital but crashed along the way. He was then brought to the hospital by a friend who was passing by.
The Thibodaux Police Department and the U.S. Marshals converged on the family residence at 1017 Talbot Avenue around 12:30 p.m. today, March 8th. Delmonte was found inside. He is being held at the Lafourche Parish Detention Center on a $500,000 bond.
Devonte Robertson (B/M, 23, 5’9”, 170 lbs, has a scar on his left arm) is still at large. Anyone with information as to the whereabouts of Devonte Robertson is asked to submit a tip anonymously through Crime Stoppers Bayou Region by phone at 1-800-743-7433 or online at www.crimestoppersbr.org. Tips can also be submitted using the P3 Tips app on your mobile device. Tipsters could be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000 in cash if the information leads to an arrest.
Thibodaux Chief of Police Bryan Zeringue is seeking our community partners’ help in locating two attempted murder suspects.
- Delmonte Tyrek Robertson – B/M, 19, 6’0”, 175 lbs., “DMAC” tattoo on his right arm and “FAMILY FIRST” tattoo on his left arm.
- Devonte Martell Robertson – B/M, 23, 5’9”, 170 lbs., has a scar on his left arm.
On Wednesday, February 28th, at approximately 7:00 p.m., the victim was with the two suspects in the victim’s vehicle in the 1300 Block of Midland Drive. An argument ensued at which point the victim was hit in the head with a gun and shot multiple times by the suspects. The victim was able to flee the scene in his vehicle.
While trying to drive himself to the hospital, the victim was involved in a crash at Jefferson and Plantation. After the crash, the victim flagged a person down that he knew who brought him to the hospital.
Both Delmonte Robertson and Devonte Robertson have attempted murder warrants for their arrest with a bond of $500,000 each.
Anyone with information as to the whereabouts of Delmonte Robertson and Devonte Robertson is asked to submit a tip anonymously through Crime Stoppers Bayou Region by phone at 1-800-743-7433 or online at www.crimestoppersbr.org. Tips can also be submitted using the P3 Tips app on your mobile device. Tipsters could be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000 in cash if the information leads to an arrest.
Thibodaux Chief of Police Bryan Zeringue announced the arrest of Taylor Burdis (B/F, 29) for DWI 2nd, Operating a Vehicle While Under Suspension for Certain Prior Offenses, Possession of Alcoholic Beverages in Motor Vehicles, and Careless Operation.
On Monday, March 5th, at approximately 1:30 a.m., Taylor Burdis drove her 2014 white Volkswagen Jetta off of the roadway and struck several Police barricades and a Police mobile camera unit at Canal Blvd. near Jackson Street.
Burdis told Officers that she tried to avoid hitting a pedestrian on a bicycle, which caused her to leave the roadway. A witness of the crash had a different version, claiming he didn’t see a pedestrian on a bicycle crossing the roadway at the time of the crash.
Officers noticed that Burdis was displaying signs of intoxication so they had her perform a standardized field sobriety test, which she performed poorly. Brudis admitted that she had a few drinks before leaving a bar, but felt she could drive. Officers also learned that Burdis was driving with a suspended license after previously being convicted of a DWI.
Taylor Burdis was arrested and transported to the Lafourche Parish Detention Center where she is being held on a $1,450 bond. Burdis had a BAC of .168g%.