On April 11, 2014, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched the area of Goodwin and Stevenson Street in Vinton regarding a suspicious man removing several tools from a wooded area.
Upon arrival, deputies spoke with the man, identified as Charles K. Bruno, 53, 1617 Vincent Street, Vinton, and discovered he was in possession of several tools including a torque wrench, wrench set, a drill bit set and a socket set, valued at over $1,100, which did not belong to him. Deputies also recovered a fishing rod and reel in a nearby ditch. During further investigation, deputies discovered Bruno had an active warrant for contempt of court on unrelated charges. Bruno was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and released on April 16.
Following his arrest, the investigation continued and detectives discovered Bruno burglarized a truck parked at a home on Stevenson Street in Vinton, stealing the tools and fishing rod and reel recovered by deputies on April 11.
When questioned by detectives, Bruno confirmed the allegations.
Bruno, who was already incarcerated in the Calcasieu Correctional Center following a May 5 arrest by Vinton Police Department in connection with a residential burglary, was charged with simple burglary; and theft over $500.
All of the stolen items recovered were returned to the victim.
Judge Robert Wyatt set his bond at $125,000.
CPSO Detective Jeremy Trahan is the lead investigator on this case.