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Opelousas Police Need Assistance in Searching for Man Wanted in Catalytic Converter Thefts

The Opelousas Police Department would like the public’s assistance in locating a wanted person, and also in attempting to identify another person involved in an illegal use of a firearm.

Posted: Jul 2, 2021 8:36 AM

(Opelousas) - The Opelousas Police Department would like the public’s assistance in locating a wanted person, and also in attempting to identify another person involved in an illegal use of a firearm.

Currently Opelousas Police have warrants for James Thompson of Opelousas, for the following charges:

February 2021 Incident.

1.Theft

2. Possession Schedule I Drugs

3. Possession Schedule II Drugs

4. Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

June 2021 Incident

Improper Display of License Plate
No proof of liability insurance
Driving under suspension
Possession of Schedule I Drugs
Possession of Schedule II Drugs
Resisting an officer

Thompson was involved in two separate incidents each involving activity related to catalytic converter thefts. During the second incident in June of 2021 after Mr. Thompson was stopped for a license plate violation he was found to be in possession of several catalytic converters and power tools commonly used in thefts of the catalytic converters. Mr. Thompson was also found to have various illegal narcotics in his possession, but fled from officers before he was able to be taken into custody. During the February 2021 incident Thompson was observed under a vehicle by a witness who identified Mr. Thompson along with another person tampering with a neighbors vehicle on Herman St. in Opelousas. A vehicle belonging to Mr. Thompson was found near the scene of the incident which also contained a catalytic converter and power tools commonly used in thefts of the catalytic converters along with various illegal narcotics. An ongoing investigation is open related to Mr. Thompson’s involvement in the theft of catalytic converters.

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