Three Mandeville area residents have been arrested and booked in connection with the looting of a residence on Sunday, September 2nd.
Cody Huther (DOB: 10/12/1988) and Leah Frosch (DOB: 04/28/1992) have both been booked with L.R.S. 14:62.5 – Looting. Cameron Lemoine (DOB: 03/13/1988) has been booked with L.R.S. 14:25 – Accessory After the Fact and L.R.S. 14:69 – Possession of Stolen Things.
Covington – Deputies were called to a residence on River Rd., Covington, around 5:45 PM on September 2nd by a house keeper reporting a burglary at her employer’s residence. A search of the residence revealed that the only item taken was a safe located in a walk in closet. Evidence at the scene led deputies to believe that the intruder forced his way through the back door of the home and went straight to the safe. No other items or areas of the home was disturbed. The home owner, who evacuated out of the parish, reported that there were over $300,000 worth of jewelry and coins located in the safe. Due to the power outage, the alarm system to the home was not functioning at the time of the burglary.
The following day, a local gold buying business in the Covington area reported an unusually large volume of gold being sold to them. Detectives with the Sheriff’s Office identified the seller of the gold to be Cameron Lemoine. The following morning, Detectives interviewed Lemoine, who admitted to the gold being stolen. Lemoine went on to confess that he helped a friend dispose of the safe that the gold was taken from into a river and then taking some of the gold for himself. Detectives quickly picked up Lemoine’s acquaintances / accomplices, Cody Huther and his fiancé Leah Frosh.
During his interview, Huther admitted to breaking into the residence and stealing the safe. Huther was familiar with the residence and the location of the safe because he had done handy work around the home previously. Frosch admitted that she was present during the planning of the burglary by Huther, that she also provide Huther with her vehicle to carry out the burglary, and that she participated in separating the jewelry to be sold.
A search warrant was obtained for the home that Frosch and Lemoine shared at 1359 Clausel St., Mandeville. Detectives found a large amount of gold hidden in the home. Both Frosch and Lemoine admitted that the gold found in their home was from the safe that Lemoine had stolen from the River Rd. residence. All three, Lemoine, Huther, and Frosch, were booked into the parish jail that day (Tuesday, September 4th).
During the booking process, Huther attempted to strangle himself with a pair of his shoelaces. Reacting quickly, deputies removed the shoe string from around his neck and Huther was transported to the hospital where he remains under observation.
The three have been booked, or in Huther’s case, will be booked with the following charges:
Cody Huther - L.R.S. 14:62.5 Looting
Leah Frosch - L.R.S. 14:62.5 Looting
Cameron Lemoine - L.R.S. 14:25, Accessories After Fact and L.R.S. 14:69 Possession of Stolen Things