LINCOLN PARISH, La. (KNOE) - Residents in Lincoln and Jackson parishes are seeing some relief after suspects were caught and charged for crimes in August and September.
The Lincoln Parish Sheriff's Office and eight other law enforcement agencies have apprehended two teens in connection with car thefts and armed robbery across multiple parishes. Source: (KNOE)
The Lincoln Parish Sherriff’s Office announced Monday, that they have arrested two males, a 17-year-old and 16-year-old, in connection to a string of car break-ins across the Choudrant area in August.
The arrests were made by officials in Bienville Parish made possible by a multi-parish task force created by the LPSO and eight other agencies.
"It's kind of scary because you think Choudrant is one of the safer places to live. Got a good school system good people and this is happening to a lot of people so it's kind of scary," said Amy Howard, a Choudrant resident and a victim of a car break-in in August.
The suspects in the vehicle burglaries stole firearms, cash and other valuables from people’s cars. Although according to authorities, the crimes didn’t stop in Choudrant.
"We later learned that the Jackson Parish Sheriff's Office responded to some similar vehicle burglary complaints around the same time," said Lieutenant J.D. Driskill with the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office.
A multi-agency approach was taken to the investigation.
On September 19, the Ruston Police Department responded to an armed robbery at the E-Z Mart.
Just one week later, the LPSO received reports that there were several car breaks in the Simsboro area. That same night they also received a report that a car was stolen.
"Our investigators communicated with our patrol deputies and had them show a little extra presence in that area expecting that the suspects would return which they did," Driskill said.
The next morning, authorities spotted the stolen vehicle and attempted to do a traffic stop. The suspects led the deputies on a chase that ended in Bienville Parish.
Through interviews and questioning, investigators found that the teens were responsible for the car thefts in Choudrant, Simsboro, and Jackson Parish as well as the armed robbery in Ruston.
The authorities have the two juvenile suspects in custody. The investigation is still ongoing and they say that more arrests are possible.
"We do believe that more people are involved on different levels. Many times with cases like this the stolen property hits the streets it gets moved it gets traded," Driskill said.
If you have information that can help authorities call the LPSO or Crime Stoppers.