The STPSO had made a Facebook post on Monday evening (March 4, 2019) asking for the public’s assistance in locating the float. Within a short time of the STPSO posting, deputies located the float undamaged at a residence on Walnut Street in Slidell. The subsequent investigation revealed that Orlando K. Lyons, of Biloxi, MS removed the float from the Covington Lions Club parking lot with the intention of taking the float to Biloxi, MS. While on the way to Mississippi a mechanical failure occurred with the vehicle being used to tow the float, prompting Lyons to seek assistance from a family member who lived in the nearby Slidell area.
The family member contacted the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office on Monday (March 4, 2019) after discovering the float was reported stolen via Facebook. Detectives have been in telephone contact with Lyons requesting a meeting to discuss the stolen float. Lyons claims he rented/bought the float, but he has yet to meet with detectives or provide any evidence to support his claims.
An arrest warrant was issued for Orlando K. Lyons (D.O.B. 04/05/1989) through the 22nd Judicial Court on Friday (March 8, 2019) for Theft over $5,000. Anyone who has further information or can assist with providing information on the whereabouts of Orlando Lyons, is asked to contact STPSO Detective Patrick Penton at 985-276-1351 or 985-898-2338.