A rash of seven burglaries during a one-day period apparently has been solved with the arrest of two Minden teenagers and one juvenile.
Chief of Police Steve Cropper said Jaryon Olester Stephens and Ashton Ladontrez Davis have each been charged with seven counts of simple burglary and four counts of simple criminal damage to property following their arrest Saturday.
Stephens, 18, lists an address in the 200 block of Virginia Avenue Davis, also 18, reportedly lives in the 300 block of Pershing Street.
"Just before seven o'clock Saturday, Officer Chris Hammontree detained Stephens because he matched the description of a burglary suspect," Cropper said. "During an interview by one of our detectives, Sgt. Chris Cheatham, Stephens admitted knowledge of the burglaries of two businesses, four vehicles and one helicopter."
Stephens told Cheatham he was with Davis, the juvenile and one other individual and that those three committed the burglaries, Cropper said.
"But shoes Stephens was wearing at the time of his detainment matched the shoe pattern found inside one of the burglaries, and video surveillance showed four subjects enter a different business," Cropper said.
After Stephens was interviewed and booked, the juvenile reportedly was taken into custody and warrants were issued for Davis and a fourth person, Cropper said. Davis reportedly turned himself in to police Saturday evening.
Cropper said both businesses suffered heavy damage during the burglaries and windows were broken out in two of the vehicles.
Two arrested for drugs
In unrelated incidents, two Minden men are behind bars after separate arrests on illegal narcotics charges.
Police Chief Steve Cropper said 56-year-old Roderick Mil Hawk, who lives in the 400 block of Patrick St., was arrested just after 6 p.m. Saturday on charges of possession of CDS Sch. I (marijuana), second offense, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
"Officer Chris Hammontree stopped a person carrying a shopping bag who matched the description of a shoplifting suspect," Cropper said. "During a frisk of the suspect, Officer Hammontree found what he believed to be illegal narcotics in Hawk's pants pocket."
A plastic bag allegedly containing three grams of marijuana and rolling papers reportedly were found in Hawk's pants pockets, Cropper said.
Three Minden police officers serving a Shreveport arrest warrant on a local man came away with a drug arrest of their own early Monday morning.
Cropper said Lt. Richard Cooper, Sgt. Ryan Barnett and Officer First Class Benjamin Allen were given verbal consent to search a residence in the 700 block of Pershing Street after they arrived to serve the warrant.
"Our officers had learned of suspected drug use at the residence through a third party complaint," Cropper said. "During the search, we found a small plastic baggie containing suspected methamphetamine and multiple pipes used in the consumption of meth."
Cropper said the suspect, 23-year-old Steven Allen Hinds, claimed the recovered narcotics and paraphernalia belonged to him.
"Hinds also admitted he poured an unknown amount of methamphetamine into the toilet before officers entered the residence," Cropper said.
Hinds reportedly has been charged with possession of CDS Sch. II (methamphetamine) in the presence of a juvenile since a two-year-old child was found inside the residence where the drugs were discovered. He has also been charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and obstruction of justice, Cropper said.
Hinds will be transferred to Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center.