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Technology puts theft in the court of public opinion

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MONROE, La (KNOE 8 News) – Technology is a double-edge sword. With its help, Chef Cory Bahr, of Restaurant Cotton, was able to locate items that were stolen from his car last month.

But it wasn't so kind to Monroe Police Chief Quentin Holmes who was overheard making a reference to the case.

In a twist of events, Police Chief Quentin Holmes cell phone unintentionally returned a call to a newspaper reporter where he was overheard questioning if Bahr had padded the list of stolen items. Holmes suggested Bahr may have been after insurance money.

Bahr quickly dismissed these claims on his Facebook page, stating, "We were unloading from a catering we had just completed. (In between loads) no insurance claim has or will be filed, fact."

The Monroe Police Department also released a statement saying Chief Holmes' words were taken out of context and that the conversation was a private one in the course of an investigation. The Monroe Police department refused to comment any further on the incident.

Mayor Jamie Mayo released a statement saying he has spoken to Chief Holmes and the person who overheard the conversation. Mayo says he has received different accounts of the story and he has asked the police department to review its policy on how it handles tips.

In an editorial Tuesday, the newspaper has stood behind its reporting of the incident.

Earlier this week, Bahr voiced his frustration over the way the case had been handled. He says he led police to the suspects by using the GPS tracking system on his computer.

And Bahr continues to comment on his Facebook page. In his last posted update he says "I love my city. When we work together anything is possible."

Bahr says multiple knives, a chef's jacket and a mac computer were stolen from his car. Twenty-year-old Patrick Carter has been named a suspect in the case. Police are still looking for him.

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