ERIC SCOTT RADIO | LAKE CHARLES, LA. — On November 30, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a local car dealership in reference to a theft.

Upon arrival, deputies spoke with a representative of the dealership who advised that on November 1, James P. Bertrand, Jr., 51, Lake Charles, purchased a vehicle valued at over $67,000, however, it was later learned Bertrand had a suspended driver’s license which made the contract void. The dealership attempted to retrieve the car on two separate occasions but Bertrand refused to give the car back.

CPSO deputies entered all information on the car, including the VIN number, into NCIC database and on December 5, Houston Police Department located the car and Bertrand at a motel in Houston. He was arrested by Houston Police Department for possession of stolen property and also an outstanding warrant in Houston for driving while intoxicated.

Bertrand is currently awaiting extradition to Calcasieu Parish where he will be booked into Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with theft of a motor vehicle.

Judge Ron Ware has set his bond at $3,000.

CPSO Detective David Doucett is the lead investigator on this case.

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