A south Webster Parish man who traveled to the Louisiana-Mississippi border and beyond to steal will be spending time there in a jail before he comes back to Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center.
Billy Joe Arceneaux, Jr., 39, of the 200 block of Connie Lane, Doyline, was arrested by Webster Parish Sheriff's deputies for illegal possession of stolen things over $1,500 and being a fugitive from Tensas Parish.
When he returns to Webster, he will face additional charges of possession of a firearm with obliterated serial number, possession of CDS Sch. II (Methamphetamine), possession of drug paraphernalia and two counts of illegal possession of stolen firearms.
According to WPSO detective Scott Tucker, Tensas Parish officials suspected Arceneaux in the burglary of a hunting camp and on June 13, sent a copy of the warrant, along with a BOLO (be on the look out) for his vehicle to Webster.
"That night, patrol deputies Tony Matteson and Jeremy Uptall went to make a normal arrest on the warrant at his address," Tucker said. "In the yard, they saw one of the items listed that was stolen during the burglary. They looked around and in plain sight out in the yard, there was a lot of stuff. They (deputies) did an excellent job of being observant."
The deputies reportedly contacted Tucker and detective Tommy Kemp, Jr.
"We recovered a welding unit that was stolen out of Franklin Parish, along with some items stolen out of Tensas," Tucker said.
Once word leaked, other parishes began calling with unsolved burglaries.
According to Tucker, local detectives have recovered around $35,000 worth of property belonging to residents in other parishes.
"Since the original discovery, we have recovered three ATVs (all-terrain vehicles), a welding unit, farm equipment – including a bush hog – power equipment, tools, hunting supplies, a complete steam cleaner on a trailer – we don't know where it came from," Tucker said.
"We recovered property over a three-week period," Kemp added.
Reportedly, around $10,000 worth of stolen items came from Tensas Parish, $3,000 from Catahoula Parish, $4,500 from Franklin Parish, $2,500 from Caldwell Parish and around $15,000 from Woodville, Mississippi.
"We knew what we had and we photographed everything, but we would get a call from a parish saying they had a burglary six months ago and this is what was missing, and we were able to tell them just about every item," Tucker said.
Tucker said Arceneaux is jailed on the original charges; however, once he is transferred to Webster Parish, the other charges, including drug possession, will be added.
If anyone has purchased items from Arceneaux, contact WPSO detectives at 377-1515.