Detectives with the Bossier Parish Sheriff’s office are asking for help finding suspects in an odd caper that resulted in thousands of dollars of damage.
Sometime between 10:30 p.m. Sunday and just after midnight Monday, the suspect(s) cut down a Hustler Club billboard located on Interstate-20 near Haughton, La. and lit it on fire.
Investigators believe the culprits accessed the sign from the LA-157 Haughton-Fillmore Exit (Exit 33).
The billboard has been the subject of controversy for almost a year, with a change.org petition asking Gov. John Bel Edwards to remove the billboard garnering 6,500 signatures last November.
The petition read:
“Every day I drive past a billboard advertising the latest headliner for the Larry Flint’s Hustler Club. The picture changes frequently and depending on the girl being shown, so does the level of suggestiveness. Currently there is a girl licking what I assume is cake from her finger in a very suggestive manner. Our kids are passing this billboard daily. Some are of the age where explanations need to be given and some are just processing (sic) the images and accepting them as the world in which they live. I feel that I have a right NOT to be exposed to such images and my child has a right to maintain his innocence as long as possible. I worry about the buses of children who pass this every day on their way to school. I worry about our teenage drivers who may be distracted by this billboard as they pass. If the Hustler Club is to maintain an advertisement at that location, I feel it should be in logo and NOT by using graphic and suggestive images.”
But the sign remained – until Sunday night.
The public is being asked to report any information regarding a lead to identify the suspect(s) involved in this crime (arson). The victim in this case is not the Hustler club, but rather the sign company, which has suffered an estimated $3,500 in damages.
Anyone with information who wants to remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward is asked to call Bossier Crime Stoppers at 318-424-4100, or log onto www.p3tips.com to submit your tip via the web. For a secure and password-protected mobile app for your smart device, go to the App Store and download the free “P3tips” mobile app. No caller ID, no recorded lines, no tracking cookies, no saved IP address. ANONYMITY IS GUARANTEED!