Man accused of burglarizing homes in Monroe

Stephen Weeks (Photo: OPSO)

MONROE, La. (PRESS RELEASE) -- On June 17, 2017 at 4:30 PM a Monroe police officer responded to a call for service from a citizen regarding a suspicious person who was walking in and out of resident’s yards in the 500 block of Eason Place in Monroe.  

The caller gave out the description of the suspicious person; as the officer arrived in the area they immediately observed the person in question.  Contact was made with a white male who would identify himself as 36-year-old Stephen Weeks. Weeks was found holding a bottle of smart water and bleeding from his left arm.  

The officer conducted a pat down on Weeks and recovered a screwdriver and a pry tool from his front pocket.  The officer began to ask questions in which Weeks gave very inaccurate statements leading to even more suspicion.  

It was at this time that Weeks was detained by the officer and contact was made with the caller who gave two specific addresses where Weeks had walked up to the residence.  The caller stated that as they watched Weeks approach 517 Eason Place he had nothing in his hands; when he returned he was seen holding a bottle of water.  Both of the residences were checked by the officer and 517 Eason Place was found to have been burglarized; the carport's door deadbolt had been pried and damaged with the home being found insecure.  

The homeowner was notified and they stated that the door in question had a brand new lock on it, and had been locked when they left the residence.  The homeowner further stated that they had two bottles of smart water that had been sitting on top of the refrigerator and now they were both gone.  Blood was found inside the bathroom along with several prescription bottles that had been rummaged through.  

Weeks was arrested and charged with burglary and criminal damage to property.  He was transported to the Ouachita Parish Correctional Center where he was booked on all charges.  It was discovered that Weeks is currently on parole for a prior burglary. At 7:34 PM Monroe police officers responded to a call of a residential burglary at 1911 Forsythe Avenue.  The home owner whose residence had been burglarized had video surveillance of the incident.  

While reviewing the footage one officer did recognize the suspect shown in the video as Stephen L. Weeks; the same Weeks who had been arrested earlier in the day for the burglary on Eason Place. Weeks was now being charged with a second burglary of a residence; his bond was set at $60,000.00.