Worker allegedly steals while working in home

An employee of a contractor performing work within a Lincoln Parish residence was arrested Thursday for theft from the home.

The Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested Chartavius E. Thomas, 26, of Ruston after the victim reported approximately $1000 missing.

According to LPSO, a company was hired to perform work within the residence, and it was suspected an employee took the cash from inside a dresser drawer. When the victim noticed the money missing, LPSO and the company owner were notified. Thomas reportedly confessed to the company owner.

After investigators attempted to contact Thomas at his residence, he appeared at LPSO where he was questioned. Thomas admitted taking the money from the drawer while he was performing work for his employer. Thomas said he took about $400 to help his girlfriend pay her car note and rent for their residence.

Thomas was booked at the Lincoln Parish Detention Center for theft of property valued over $1,000. His bail amount was not immediately available.

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