Three juveniles arrested in connection with series of vehicle thefts


A joint investigation by Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Deputies and Natchitoches Police led to the arrests of three juveniles in connection with a series of vehicle thefts and burglaries during the weekend, according to Natchitoches Parish Sheriff Victor Jones Jr.

NPSO Patrol Division deputies responded to multiple reports of vehicle thefts and burglaries Aug. 19 shortly after 8 am in Southwood Estates mobile home park just south of Natchitoches off of Hwy. 494.

Deputies learned during the initial stages of the investigation, that two vehicles, a Pontiac Sunfire and Kia Sorento had been stolen during the early morning hours in the 200 block of Independence Drive.

Deputies also responded to reports of a vehicle burglary in the 200 block of Independence Drive.

An undetermined amount of coins was taken in the vehicle burglary.
Deputies processed the crime scenes and gathered information for offense reports for investigative purposes.

Deputies then contacted Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office 911 Center and Natchitoches Police Department issuing BOLO messages for the stolen vehicles.

Deputies then learned from Natchitoches Police that their Traffic and Patrol Division impounded a Pontiac Sunfire during an early morning traffic stop in the City of Natchitoches.

At the time, Natchitoches PD was unaware of the vehicle being stolen because it had not been reported.

Deputies did confirm through the license plate and vehicle identification number it was the reported stolen vehicle.

During the course of Natchitoches Police’s traffic stop, they issued a 15-year-old Natchitoches juvenile curfew and traffic citations.

The juvenile was released to a parent but NPSO Deputies were provided his name pending the ongoing investigation.

Detectives assigned to the NPSO Criminal Investigations Division also responded to assist.

Deputies along with the assistance of NPD began searching areas in the City of Natchitoches where they recovered the Kia Sorento and a Toyota RAV4 also reported stolen to NPD.

As the investigation progressed, detectives identified and located three juveniles believed to be involved in the thefts.

Late Saturday afternoon, NPSO Detectives arrested three 15-year old Natchitoches juveniles, each were charged with 2-counts of Vehicle Theft, 1-count of Simple Burglary in connection with the early morning auto burglary and 1-count of Simple Burglary in connection with an auto burglary on August 11th in the 100 block of Independence Drive.

The names of the juveniles are not being released.

Other possible charges pending with Natchitoches PD.

Detectives say the juveniles confessed to their involvement in the thefts.
One juvenile is currently being held in Ware Juvenile Center in Coushatta.

Deputies say they are still looking for one other juvenile involved in the crime spree.
Detectives say in each case vehicles were left unlocked, valuables left in view and keys left inside. Last week NPSO Deputies sent out a public service announcement reminding the public to lock their vehicles, and hide their valuables due to an increase of vehicle burglaries.

Involved in the investigation and arrests were: Sgt. R. Ross, Deputy J. McDonald, Deputy T. Johnson, Deputy M. Dranguet, Detective V. Kay, Detective D. Sowell and assisted by Natchitoches Police Department.