Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Deputies have arrested a Lafayette Parish man in connection with the theft of a utility vehicle in the Chopin community on Sunday according to Natchitoches Parish Sheriff Stuart Wright.

 On Sunday afternoon October 12 at approximately 1:00pm, Deputies assigned to the NPSO Patrol Division responded to reports of several suspicious persons at a residence in the 1700 block of La. Hwy 490 in Chopin.

Deputies responded to the residence.

Deputies arrived at the residence and came in contact with three male subjects all from the Lafayette area.

Deputies confirmed the subjects had permission to be at the residence, but while investigating the matter discovered a 2012 Polaris Utility Vehicle valued at approximately $8000 hidden behind the residence.

A concerned citizen informed deputies that the utility vehicle shouldn’t have been at the residence.

Deputies observed the dashboard had been pried open, wires stripped and ignition switch removed to hot wire the vehicle.

It also appeared the vehicle had been involved in a crash due to front end damage.

As the investigation progressed, deputies learned the Polaris had been stolen from a camp house shed across the street.

Deputies began interviewing all three subjects and learned that one of the individuals identified as 28-year-old Adam Jacob Bourque of Scott, La. was responsible for the theft.

The subjects were in the area after they left Lafayette Parish in an effort to avoid Hurricane Delta.

Deputies say while interviewing Bourque he confessed to the theft.

As a result, deputies arrested:

Adam J. Bourque, 28, of Scott, La. transported and booked into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center charged with Criminal Trespassing, Simple Criminal Damage to Property and Illegal Possession of Stolen Things valued over $5000.

Bourque remains in the Natchitoches Detention Center awaiting bond.

The vehicle was released to an authorized person.

The suspect and friedns were traveling in a 2005 Toyota Sion, Red in Color.

Reserve Deputy E. Upchurch and Sgt. B. Dalme made the arrest.