LAKE CHARLES, LA — On June 12 at approximately 3:30 a.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a gas station on Gulf Highway in Lake Charles in reference to a burglary alarm that had been triggered.
When deputies arrived, they discovered the back door of the store was open and had been damaged. After deputies checked for possible subjects inside the store, the store manager arrived and was able to access video surveillance footage. The video captured a man, later identified as Kolby W. Quinn, 17, 110 Royal Street, Liberty, Texas, drive up to the store on a Harley Davidson motorcycle, later discovered stolen by Quinn from San Jacinto County, Texas. Quinn then entered through the back door of the store, stole several miscellaneous items and fled on the motorcycle.
At 7:30 a.m., CPSO deputies responded to a report of a car being stolen from the parking lot of a collision repair shop on Gauthier Road in Lake Charles. While conducting their investigation, deputies recovered the stolen Harley Davidson motorcycle Quinn was driving, which had been abandoned on the business property.
An investigation revealed after stealing the car from the collision repair shop in Lake Charles, Quinn traveled to a Sweetlake home where he abandoned the stolen car, then stole another car from a nearby home.
At approximately 9:30 a.m., Quinn, who was driving the car stolen from the Sweetlake home, was stopped by a Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy for a traffic violation. When questioned by deputies, Quinn confirmed he stole the motorcycle from San Jacinto County, Texas, burglarized the Lake Charles gas station, stole the car from the collision repair shop, and stole a 2nd car from the home in Sweetlake. Quinn was arrested and booked into the Cameron Parish Jail and charged with theft of a motor vehicle; theft; possession of marijuana; prohibited acts; max speed limit; and illegal possession of stolen things. His bond is still pending.
He is currently awaiting extradition to Calcasieu Parish where he will be booked into CCC and charged with simple burglary; criminal damage to property; theft; possession of stolen items (motorcycle); and theft of vehicle. Judge David Ritchie has set his bond on these charges at $85,000.
The two cars and the motorcycle have been recovered by deputies and returned to the victims.
Detective Sgt. Sconnie Granger with the Vehicle Crimes Unit is the lead investigator on this case.