Minden Press-Herald

Sep 30th

Pawn star jailed

richard_sappPawning stolen guns in Minden didn't work out well for one Arcadia man.

Richard Sapp, 21, of the 1700 block of Mt. Lebanon in Arcadia has been charged with a total of four counts of illegal possession of stolen firearms and theft by fraud.

Minden Police Chief Steve Cropper said a call from the Lincoln Parish Sheriff's Office tipped off his detectives that Sapp was doing business here.

"Minden detectives Chris Cheatham and Heath Balkom received information from Lincoln Parish to check our local pawn shops for any weapons sold by Sapp," Cropper said. "After they got into it, they found he was a suspect in some residential burglaries in Lincoln Parish."

Detectives discovered Sapp had pawned three guns at one local pawn shop and one at another.

"The guns were placed on hold for Lincoln Parish," Cropper said. "We obtained warrants and contacted Bienville Parish Sheriff's Office. They picked him and brought him back over here."

The chief said Sapp was booked at Minden Police Department and transferred to Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center.






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