A Minden man has learned it is never a good idea to leave a vehicle running – even for a few minutes, while another has learned that stealing that vehicle is not a good plan either.
Henry Lee Brown, Jr., 17, of the 700 block of Rebecca Street, has been charged wtih theft of a motor vehicle with bond set at $15,000 and illegal possession of stolen things with a bond of $10,000.
According to Minden Police Chief Steve Cropper, on December 17, Officer Chase Wimberly responded to a residence on W.R. Reeder Street in reference to a stolen vehicle.
"Upon his arrival, the victim reported that he had parked his vehicle and left it running while going inside his residence," Cropper said. "As soon as he entered his residence, he heard tires spinning, and when he looked outside he observed his 1994 GMC truck going down the road."
The victim told Wimberly he had a cell phone inside his truck when it was stolen.
"On the following day – December 18 – Officer 1st Class, Chris MeClaran observed a vehicle parked at Webster Manor Apartments that fit the description of the stolen truck from W. R. Reeder Street," said the chief. "Upon closer examination of the vehicle, Officer McClaran discovered that the 1994 GMC truck at Webster Manor was the reported stolen truck."
Cropper said detectives Lt. Dan Weaver and Sgt. Chris Cheatham were called to the scene, to process the stolen vehicle for evidence.
"Over the next couple of days, detectives began getting information, on who was seen driving the vehicle," Cropper said. "As detectives began looking for the suspect, additional information was obtained that the suspect was making phone calls from a cell phone."
On Friday, December 21, Weaver, Cheatham and Sgt. Keith King, Jr. reportedly saw Brown in the parking lot of a local convenience store.
"Brown had in his possession the stolen cell phone from the stolen GMC truck," Cropper said. "He was arrested and brought to the Minden Police Department for questioning.
During the interview, Cropper said Brown admitted he had been riding in the stolen truck but said he did not steal the truck.
"Brown said the person who stole the truck had given him the cell phone, but phone records indicated that Brown was using the stolen cell phone within less than an hour of the truck being stolen," Cropper said. "Also, witnesses had indicated that Brown was driving the truck around, telling people that the truck belonged to his uncle, and that he had permission to be driving it."
According to reports, witnesses also said Brown drove the truck until it ran out of gas at Webster Manor Apartments.
Brown was booked at the Minden Police Department and transported to Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center.