Lake Charles Man Arrested in String of Crimes
The man in the picture is Joshua Fortune and, if he's guilty of all the charges against him, he's been one busy young man.
According to the CPSO, he's been charged with a variety of crimes from burglary to possession of stolen items.
Back on February 23, CPSO deputies answered a call relating to a burglary at a home in Lake Charles. The homeowner told that a man, later identified as Fortune, awakened her by shining a flashlight on her. The woman fled the scene while Fortune went through her belongings. She informed deputies that she had two cell phones missing from the kitchen and both of her vehicles had been burglarized. The victim later used the locator on her cell phone, and advised deputies her phone was in the area of Quail Lane.
Deputies responding to the scene, caught up with Fortune after a brief foot chase. While performing a frisk on the suspect, they found a large knife and the keys to a Jeep.
During the investigation, deputies were able to locate the owner of the Jeep to whom the key belonged. When talking with the owner it was learned that they had reported a home and vehicle burglary just days earlier, and one of the items taken was the Jeep key.
From the CPSO official press release:
Detectives obtained a search warrant for Fortune’s residence. While searching Fortune’s home detectives located several items that had been reported stolen from different burglary victims around the area. When detectives questioned Fortune about other car burglaries in the area he confirmed he broke into several cars around his surrounding neighborhood. Fortune also admitted to stealing three weapons from two different homes, and led detectives to a shed across from his house where they were able to located two of the three weapons.
Fortune was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with aggravated burglary with a weapon; 2 counts of simple burglary of a moveable; theft over $750; and possession of stolen things.
Fortune was released on a $95,000 bond set by Judge Michael Canaday.