Minden Press-Herald

Oct 01st

Police arrest 2 for home burglary

Delma BrantleyTerry W. JonesMinden police have arrested two men and are searching for a third in connection with a residential burglary on New Year's Eve.

Terry Jones, 54, of the 800 block of Talton Street, is charged with simple burglary and resisting (arrest) by force or violence.

Delma Brantley, 46, of the 200 block of White Sand Drive, Sibley, was arrested for simple burglary.

Chief Steve Cropper said an alert neighbor was instrumental in aiding officers.

"The victim told Off. Russell Engi that when she got to the residence that day, her front door was open and she was missing several items of furniture and her washer and dryer," Cropper said. "Off. Engi contacted a neighbor who informed him that he observed two black males and a white male over there loading furniture in a blue and white pick-up truck with a trailer."

Cropper said the neighbor talked with the men who reportedly told him they were moving the furniture out of the residence.

"He said they didn't appear nervous," said the chief. "They appeared to be doing nothing wrong, so the neighbor didn't really question them because, although the residence wasn't vacant, it had been uninhabited for at least a couple of weeks."

According to the chief, the neighbor gave Engi a description of the men and the vehicle.

"Later on that morning, Off. Engi observed a pick-up truck that matched the description at a carwash on Shreveport Road," Cropper said. "He also observed there were two black males and a white male in this truck, so he decided to make contact with them at the carwash."

When approached, one of the men reportedly picked up a wrench from the bed of the truck.

"Off. Engi called for a back-up unit," Cropper said. "Then he attempted to detain the male with the wrench who tried to pull away and flee. There was a short struggle, and Off. Jonathan Odom, who had responded to the call, aided him in detaining the subject."

During the struggle, one of the three men reportedly exited the truck and fled, while the third subject stayed at the scene.

"When questioned, the men indicated the furniture was taken from the house on Cherry Street to a location on Talton Street," Cropper said. "They informed officers that they were told the burglarized residence and furniture belonged to the third man who had fled on foot."

Cropper said the man who fled has been identified, and Minden police have obtained a warrant for his arrest.

Jones and Brantley were booked at the Minden Police Department and transported to Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center.






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