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Mayor speaks out on Cory Bahr situation

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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo has issued the following statement in regard to the controversy surrounding the Cory Bahr theft, and the subsequent incidental phone call made by Chief Holmes to News-Star reporter Barbara Leader.

"I have talked with Barbara Leader (the News-Star Reporter) and Chief Holmes, and I have received different accounts about what was said, or not said, during the accidental phone call.

Our main focus in this crime, as in all others, is to arrest the criminal who is responsible. A suspect has been identified and a warrant is out for his arrest.

I have directed Chief Holmes to have the Monroe Police Department conduct a thorough review of their policies and procedures as it relates to methods they use to improve and enhance their response to citizen tips.

It is unfortunate that some former Monroe police officers and a current city councilman are taking an opportunity to further politicize this incident through social media.

The Monroe Police Department will do their best to prevent and solve all crimes throughout the community. As we have done before, whenever we find an opportunity to improve our ability to better serve our citizens, we will do so."

The situation the mayor is referring to is that Restaurant Cotton Chef Cory Bahr had thousands of dollars of valuables stolen from his vehicle.  He says he reported the situation to the police, and even tracked down some of the valuables himself.  He also said that Monroe Police didn't respond adequately.

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