Joint investigation by NPSO and RRSO leads to two arrests and the recovery of over $100,000 dollars of stolen equipment


Two Red River Parish men have been arrested in a joint investigation by the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office and Red River Parish Sheriff’s Office in connection with the theft of heavy equipment from a Natchitoches construction company according to Natchitoches Parish Sheriff Victor Jones Jr.

On Monday morning July 6th, Deputies assigned to the NPSO Patrol and Criminal Investigations Divisions responded to a report of a theft at Regional Construction in the 100 block of Industrial Drive near Natchitoches, La.

Deputies say while speaking with the owner of the company, they learned that a Caterpillar D3 dozer and a 28-foot Tophat flatbed trailer valued over $100,000 dollars were taken from the company premises during the early morning hours of July 1st, 2015.

During the course of the investigation, detectives and employees of the construction company reviewed surveillance video identifying a Chevrolet dually truck with distinguishing marks as a suspect vehicle involved in the theft.

Detectives then focused their investigation to Red River Parish area, and with the assistance of Red River Parish Sheriff’s deputies confirmed a vehicle matching the description was in the Coushatta area according to Sheriff Jones.

As the investigation progressed on July 13th, Red River Parish Sheriff’s detectives assisting in the investigation recovered the stolen Caterpillar dozer near the 200 block of Mount Olive Road in Red River Parish.

Both Natchitoches and Red River detectives continued to aggressively pursue leads in the investigation identifying two persons of interest as Jarvis Moore and Rob Moore of Coushatta, La.

Last week, NPSO detectives recovered the abandoned Tophat trailer off of La. Hwy 480 near the Natchitoches-Red River Parish line according to Chief Investigator Greg Dunn.

NPSO detectives obtained sufficient evidence and probable cause to secure criminal arrest warrants on both Jarvis and Rob Moore signed by a Tenth Judicial District Court Judge.

On July 15th, Red River Parish Sheriff’s detectives arrested Jarvis L. Moore, 23 of the 1800 block of Bonner Road, Coushatta, La., in Red River Parish on the outstanding Natchitoches Parish warrants.

Moore was released into the custody of NPSO Deputies and transported to the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center where he was booked and charged with 2-counts of Felony Theft.

Detectives at that time were unable to locate Rob Moore believing through sources that he had fled the area therefore he was entered into the National Crime Information Center database as a wanted person.

On July 19th, Houston Police Department, Texas arrested Rob Moore on a unrelated matter and during his arrest learned he was wanted by the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Rob T. Moore, 24 of the 1800 block of Bonner Road, Coushatta, La. waived extradition while in Harris County Jail and was transported back to Natchitoches where he was booked into the Natchitoches Detention Center charged with 2-counts of Felony Theft.

Both suspects remain in the Natchitoches detention center awaiting bond.

Sheriff Jones expresses his thanks to Sheriff Glen Edwards and Red River Parish deputies for their assistance in the investigation.

Involved in the investigation and arrests were:  Detective Darrel Winder assisted by Detectives Jonathan Byles, Carey Etheridge, Victor Kay, Reginald Turner, NPSO Patrol Division, and Red River Parish Sheriff’s deputies.