Minden Police and the U.S. Marshal's Service have made two arrests, possibly ending a rash of vehicle burglaries that struck neighborhoods where two public officials live.
Shawn O'Rear, 34 and Daniel Eugene Smith, 37, both of the 200 block of McDonald Street, Minden, have been charged with 12 counts of vehicle burglary and two counts of aggravated burglary.
O'Rear has an additional charge as a felon in possession of stolen things. Smith has an extra charge on a warrant from Probation and Parole.
Minden Police Chief Steve Cropper said the investigation has been ongoing for at least two weeks and items have been recovered in the vehicle burglaries, as well as some items that link O'Rear to a residential burglary on Tillman Drive.
Officers and agents have reportedly been working off warrants and information obtained from the subjects' vehicle.
"They hit us for five or six vehicle burglaries a couple of weeks ago," Cropper said. "On one of the nights, an officer in the area was trying to make a stop on a vehicle just to check it, and the two subjects bailed and left on foot."
A warrant was issued, and the vehicle was reportedly impounded. Police found some of the stolen items inside.
Cropper said not only did those items tie O'Rear and Smith to the burglaries that took place that night but also to burglaries from two weeks prior.
"Friday (November 9), we made contact with the U.S. Marshal's Task Force and gave them the information on O'Rear and Smith in case they had left town," Cropper said. "Agents began tracking them and about 11 p.m. Friday night, they located the two at a residence on Constable Street."
Lt. Dan Weaver, Sgt. Keith King, Ofc. Danny Turner, Lt. Tim Morris and Marshal's Task Force member Phillip Krouse reportedly made contact with the two subjects.
O'Rear and Smith were arrested without incident.
They were booked at the Minden Police Department and transported to Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center where each is being held under a $280,000 bond.
"These guys are going to be responsible for a total of 14 vehicle burglaries in Minden," Cropper said. "We recovered more of the items after the arrest, including one of the firearms that was stolen. It was hidden outside the city limits in a plastic bag."
Minden Mayor Bill Robertson had some items stolen from his vehicle, which was parked at his residence.
Robertson said he was happy with the way the police department handled the investigation.
"I was pleased with the way our (police) department responded and with the results," Robertson said. "I got my Garmin® (GPS – Global Positioning System) and iPod® back, but I didn't get back the one dollar they got."
Bossier-Webster District Attorney Schuyler Marvin was also a target of the vehicle break-ins.