A woman claiming to be someone else was arrested for marijuana possession and failure to identify after police say they caught her behind a Vidor business collecting copper wire.
According to a police report, officers of the Vidor Police Department were dispatched to 760 North Archie St., Summit Seals Inc., at just after 9 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 17, regarding a woman seen taking items from behind the business without permission. VPD Officer Jesse Loredo reported he approached a woman matching the description given by the caller and found her attempting to take a large black plastic bag full of pieces of copper wire from the scene. The woman identified herself as Deborah Marie Cloutta. The officer stated in the report that the woman seemed nervous because she "kept darting her eyes around" and he could see "the veins on the neck pulsing." Due to her agitation, the officer, believing she may have falsely identified, reported asking her again for her name. She repeated that her name was Deborah.
According to Officer Loredo, while speaking with the suspect, he noticed a bulge in her front pocket and the edge of a plastic baggy was poking out. He asked the woman to remove the bag and saw it contained what the officer believed to be marijuana. He then reportedly noticed a bulge around the woman's chest, so he handcuffed her and told her a female officer was en route to perform a more thorough search. After the search revealed no additional drugs or contraband, the suspect was arrested. She was later identified as 44-year-old Irene Margaret Lafauci.
The case is currently still under investigation.