NPSO Detectives make second arrest in Clarence counterfeit cash schemes


A second arrest has been made by Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Deputies in connection with the laundering of counterfeit currency in the Clarence area according to Natchitoches Parish Sheriff Victor Jones Jr.

On Wednesday September 23rd, Deputies assigned to the NPSO Patrol Division responded to a report of counterfeit money being laundered at a Clarence convenience store in the 300 block of La. Hwy 6 in Clarence, La.

Deputies say while speaking with the complainant, they learned that a person identified as Steven Crumble entered the store to purchase a beverage and paid the clerk with a counterfeit $100 bill.

The cashier immediately recognized the currency to be counterfeit and contacted the NPSO.

The suspect left the store.

Deputies checked the local area for the suspect but were unable to find him.

Deputies completed an offense report and turned the case over to the NPSO Criminal Investigations Division for investigative purposes.

On Thursday September 24th, Clarence Police contacted the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office reporting that a person identified as Steven Crumble passed a $100 bill while paying for his mail box rent at the US Post Office in Clarence, La.

Detectives responded to assist.

As the investigation progressed, detectives reviewed video surveillance and gathered additional evidence positively identifying Crumble.

Detectives went to Crumble’s residence located in the 100 block of La. Hwy 1225 near Clarence, La. and arrested him while hiding in the closet.

Steven Cornelius Crumble, 32 of the 100 block of La. Hwy 1225, Clarence, La., was transported and booked into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center charged with 2-counts of Monetary Instrument Abuse and 1-count of Theft.

Crumble remains in the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center.

Detectives Darrel Winder and Victor Kay investigated the case.

Detective Carey Etheredge of the NPSO High Tech Crime Unit said “recently we have seen an increase in counterfeit currency cases in Natchitoches Parish-businesses should be aware of this and take the appropriate measures to detect these type of illegal practices”.

“Fighting counterfeiting is a team effort between merchants and law enforcement-refer to to learn how to authenticate your money.”