Minden Press-Herald

Oct 01st

Vehicle bandit on ice

cardarius_caseyMinden Police arrested a vehicle vandal early Wednesday before his victims even knew their things were missing.

Cardarius Casey, 19, of the 500 block of S. Middle Landing, has been charged with four counts of simple burglary, with one count pending. He is at Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center on a bond of $125,000.

Minden Police Chief Steve Cropper said Officer First Class Joel Kendrick was dispatched to the Babb Park area around 4 a.m. Wednesday after someone had noticed a "suspicious looking guy" walking on the street.

"The officer noticed a person squatted down at the park by a swing set," Cropper said. "The suspect had an ice chest on wheels with a handle on it in his possession."

Cropper said Kendrick called for back-up and Ofc. Danny Turner was dispatched.

"They began questioning Casey and performed a pat-down," Cropper said. "They found identification cards, a gas card and credit cards that belonged to people living on Roosevelt Street. In the ice chest, he had CD players, a GPS system, MP3 player, cigarettes, lighters, loose change and dollar bills."

When Det. Heath Balkom questioned Casey, he reportedly indicated he had found the ice chest at the park; however, Cropper said he eventually admitted to the crimes.

"Most of the victims were still asleep when all this happened," Cropper said. "They didn't even know their vehicles had been broken into. By 4:30 a.m., officers were knocking on doors, rousing the residents to let them know what had happened and that we already had the suspect in custody."






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