, Port Arthur, Texas

December 14, 2012

Houston man sentenced in stolen ATVs case

The Associated Press

LAKE CHARLES — A federal judge in Lake Charles, La., has sentenced a Houston man to 57 months in prison for moving stolen vehicles across state lines.

The judge also ordered Luis B. Calixto Sr. to pay $309,933 in restitution and served three years of supervised release.

Calixto and two co-defendants, Shaun Cody Gauthreaux and Allen Joseph Morehead Jr., both of Kinder, La., were charged in December 2011 with conspiracy to transport stolen motor vehicles.

Prosecutors say they took part in a theft ring involving all-terrain vehicles that were stolen in Texas and Louisiana and transported to Calixto’s home in Houston.

Authorities say 60 ATVs and outdoor vehicles — valued at about $363,000 — were taken.

The American Press reports Gauthreaux and Morehead pleaded guilty in October and were sentenced.