BELLECHASSE, La. - A Plaquemines Parish Water Dept. employee and two others have been charged with stealing nearly $10,000 in checks, money orders and cash from the water department's headquarters.

Brianne Renee Richard, 24, of Harvey, was the employee charged in the theft. Also charged were alleged accomplices Lashanda Walker, 31, of Algiers and 22-year-old Shannon Brown of Harvey.

According to Plaquemines Sheriff Lonnie Greco, Richard was developed as a suspect and officers who arrived at her residence found that she wasn't home. However, Walker was at the location and agreed to accompany detectives to the criminal investigations bureau to assist.

Walker told officers that Richard provided her with keys to the business and the combination to a safe. Walker also said that Richard let her borrow her car.

Detectives said that Walker admitted that she enlisted Brown to commit the burglary while she (Walker) served as a lookout.

Detectives said that Walker was found to have about $435 in cash from the burglary in her pocket.

Walker was booked at the Belle Chasse Lockup with simple burglary. Walker has two prior convictions one for unauthorized use of a moveable in Orleans Parish and one for possession of marijuana in Jefferson Parish.

Shortly after, Richard surrendered to detectives at the Belle Chasse Criminal Investigations Bureau. During questioning, she admitted to providing the business's keys, combination to the safe, and her vehicle to Walker.

Richard was booked at the Belle Chasse Lockup with simple burglary, as well as a probation violation. At the time of her arrest, Richard was on State probation for a 2012 Plaquemines Parish distribution of marijuana conviction.

Detectives obtained an arrest warrant on Shannon Brown for simple burglary and on October 23, he was arrested in Jefferson Parish for the outstanding warrant. Brown was subsequently transported to the Belle Chasse Lockup where he was booked with simple burglary.

All three subjects remain in the custody of the Sheriff's Office in lieu of the following bonds: Walker - $35,000; Richard - $25,000; and Brown $50,000.

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