Minden Press-Herald

Thursday
Oct 02nd

Pair arrested for stealing, pawning drills

donta_mcclendondorthy_smithMinden Police have arrested a Bienville Parish pair for stealing tools from a local hardware store and pawning them for cash.

Charged with illegal possession of stolen things over $500, and two counts of felony theft under $500 is 48-year-old Dorothy Smith, of the 700 block of Bluegoose Loop in Gibsland.

Donta McClendon, 45, of the 2400 block of Coleman Avenue in Gibsland, has been charged with felony theft.

Minden Police Chief Steve Cropper said his officers received a complaint from the store manager when he discovered some of his inventory was missing.

"The manager reviewed security videos and observed a man with a young female coming in and out of the store, going up and down the aisles," Cropper said. "He inventoried and came up with serial numbers on two missing drills."

Cropper said Sgt. Spencer Tippen took the manager's information and passed it to Det. Heath Balkom, who found the missing drills had been pawned at local shops.

"Det. Balkom viewed the video at one of the pawn shops and could see Smith and McClendon," Cropper said. "He knew that Smith's age did not fit the description of a 'young' female in the hardware store with McClendon."

Balkom reportedly investigated Smith and found her address in Gibsland. Cropper said the detective contacted authorities there.

"They were familiar with her (Smith)," Cropper said. "Det. Balkom also learned that McClendon is Smith's boyfriend and had, at one time, lived at the same address."

The chief said a few days later, Bienville Parish Sheriff's deputies called and informed him that Smith had come to their office and indicated she wanted to turn herself in to Minden police. BPSO reportedly escorted her to Minden.

"During an interview, Smith indicated that on two different occasions, her boyfriend, McClendon, and her 14-year-old daughter went to the hardware store," Cropper said. "Smith said McClendon would buy small items and put the tools under his clothing. He then asked her (Smith) to pawn the items, saying as a woman, she could get more money for the tools."

Although Smith admitted her daughter was aware of McClendon's actions, no charges were brought against the 14-year-old.

 

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