Sheriff Craig Webre announced the second suspect in an equipment theft form a Port Fourchon rental company has been arrested. Anthony Harris Jr. (age 37) of Lafayette turned himself over to authorities on Wednesday. A warrant was issued for Harris’ arrest last month following an investigation into the theft of rental equipment from Tiger Offshore Rentals in 2015. Travis Cormier (age 38), an employee of the company, was arrested in February in connection to the case.
In October 2015, detectives opened an investigation after personnel at Tiger Offshore Rentals discovered approximately 100 “cuttings boxes” were missing, as well as baskets and slings used in oil production. These cuttings boxes are rented primarily to contain and transport drilling waste. An investigation revealed Cormier helped orchestrate the theft of the equipment and loaded the boxes onto Harris’ truck. They also learned Harris sold the boxes for cash which he shared with Cormier. Detectives obtained warrants for each man on 17 counts of Felony Theft. Port Fourchon Harbor Police took Cormier into custody on February 4, 2016. He was booked into the Lafourche Parish Detention Center where he remains in lieu of $250,000 bond. Harris made contact with detectives and turned himself over to authorities on Wednesday, March 2. He was booked into the Detention Center, and his bond is set at $100,000.