Minden Press-Herald

Oct 01st

Police arrest pawn shop partner

Jaroderick_HarperA Homer man has joined his friend in jail after the two were arrested for theft several weeks apart.

Jaroderick Harper, 21, of the 4800 block of Harris Road in Homer was arrested Saturday on a warrant for stealing a laptop computer from a Minden pawn shop.

In mid-December, Jamarcus Curry, 21, of the 1400 block of Monroe Street, Homer, was arrested for felony theft, simple burglary and other charges after he stole a television set from a residence and sold it at a local pawn shop.

Curry then found himself in more hot water for stealing items from one pawn shop and trying to sell them to another pawn shop.

"Harper was with Curry at the time all that happened, but he wasn't arrested then," said Minden Police Chief Steve Cropper. "During the investigation of Curry, detectives were reviewing video surveillance tape and observed Harper stealing a laptop (computer) at the same time that Curry was stealing items from the pawn shop."

Cropper said detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Harper. Saturday, January 6, Det. Chris Cheatham and Ofc. Danny Turner located Harper in the Homer Police Department jail.

"Harper was transported from the Homer Police Department back to Minden where he was advised of his rights," Cropper said. "Monday, Det. Cheatham interviewed him and during the interview, Harper said he knew nothing about the theft at the pawn shop. Harper said he only had information after the fact that Curry had stolen some items."

Cropper said video surveillance told another story.

"Video showed Harper and Curry stealing items at the same time," Cropper said. "So, Harper was arrested on the charge of felony theft."

Harper was reportedly on paper with state Probation and Parole, and a hold was placed on him. He is currently incarcerated at Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center.






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