St. James Parish sheriff’s deputies arrested a Lutcher man accused of stealing 166 pounds of crawfish from a seafood store, the Sheriff’s Office said Monday.
Anthony Chauvin, 24, 1377 Third St., was booked Friday with single counts of theft of crawfish and criminal damage to property, deputies said in a news release.
The mudbugs were reported missing at 5:15 a.m. Friday from an outside walk-in cooler that had been locked at Miko’s Seafood, deputies said.
Someone cut a padlock to the cooler, and crawfish valued at more than $500 were missing, Sheriff’s Office Maj. Sid Berthelot said Monday.
Under Louisiana law, theft of crawfish from $500 to less than $1,500 is a felony crime that brings up to five years in prison and a $2,000 fine with conviction.
Bond was set at $6,000, deputies said, and online sheriff’s records showed Chauvin remained in the St. James Parish Jail on Monday evening.
No crawfish were recovered from the theft, deputies said.