On August 21, 2019, Auto Guarantee in Eunice filed a theft complaint on Bryan K. Rutledge for failing to return a leased vehicle. On June 3, 2017, Rutledge signed a lease to own contract for a White 2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser from Auto Guarantee and his last payment was made on September 28, 2017. Rutledge is nearly two years past due on payments totaling $3734.16 and had signed a contract that stated last payment due on or before December 2, 2018. Rutledge disregarded all forms of contact with the company and charges were filed. Crime Stoppers was asked by the St. Landry Sheriff’s Office for assistance in locating Rutledge and the missing vehicle. The case was shared on the St. Landry Crime Stoppers social media page and tips began coming in. Deputies working on the tips were unable to apprehend Rutledge.
On August 27, 2019 at 9:25 am, Bryan K. Rutledge entered the St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office lobby and turned himself in. During the booking, Rutledge refused to give any statements regarding the case but stated he was told that he was featured on Crime Stoppers and decided to turn himself in. Rutledge was charged with failure to return rented or leased motor vehicle.
Sheriff Guidroz added, “I am proud of the work Crime Stoppers has done in assisting not only St. Landry Parish but law enforcement and the victims of crimes throughout the nation. In this case there were no crimes of violence or drugs but instead a loss of monies and property to local business. My department works tirelessly to investigate all crimes regardless of the offence. Businesses cannot continue to take a loss and we are happy to help retrieve their property and put the suspect behind bars.”
On behalf of Sheriff Bobby J. Guidroz, this is Deputy Chief Eddie Thibodeaux. All persons are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.