Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Deputies arrested two men and are still looking for another in connection with a residential burglary south of Natchitoches according to Natchitoches Parish Sheriff Victor Jones Jr.
NPSO Patrol Division deputies responded to a reported residential burglary in the 400 block of Bermuda Road, south of Natchitoches Sept. 12 at 3:48 pm. Forced entry was gained into a residence through a rear door.
Items reported stolen were a LG 50-inch television, Vizio 42-inch television, two pair of cowboy boots, a security safe containing approximately $1,300 in cash, two watches (one Seiko brand), assorted jewelry consisting of five diamond rings, and a brief case containing assorted documents valued at approximately $15,000 dollars.
Detectives assigned to the NPSO Criminal Investigations Division also responded to the scene. While reviewing surveillance video, deputies observed three suspects in the residence according to Chief Investigator Greg Dunn. Deputies recognized one of the suspects as LeAndrew Evans of Natchitoches.
NPSO Deputies summoned Natchitoches Police requesting assistance locating Evans. Within 30 minutes, Natchitoches Police had Evans in custody and transported him to the NPSO Criminal Investigations Division.
Deputies began canvassing an area near Martin Luther King Drive, observing two individuals fitting the description and wearing the same clothing as observed in video surveillance. Detectives attempted to make contact with the individuals but when they recognized law enforcement, one individual (identified as Donald B. Harrison of Natchitoches) fled the area on foot behind JW Thomas Apartments. The other suspect (identified as Alex Willis, of Natchitoches) was taken into custody.
Detectives say while interviewing two of the suspects they learned the suspects were involved in the burglary of the residence. At the time of the burglary the suspects were traveling in a brown 2001/2002 Ford Crown Victoria. Detectives also recovered some of the stolen property in the Texas Street area but are still attempting to recover the televisions and jewelry.
*LeAndrew D. Evans, 28, of the 400 block of Martin Luther King Drive, Natchitoches, booked into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center, charged with 1-count of Simple Burglary.
*Alex J. Willis, 31, of the 100 block of La. Hwy 119, Natchez, booked into the DC, charged with 1-Count of Simple Burglary.
Deputies are currently looking for and asking for the public’s assistance in locating 26-year-old Donald B. Harrison, B/Male, Hgt/510, Wgt/160, Hair/Black, Eyes/Brown with a last known address on Koonce Street, in Natchitoches.
Deputies say Harrison has prior weapon violation arrests therefore if seen, we ask that you not approach, but to contact the NPSO at 352-6432, NPD at 352-8101 or your nearest law enforcement agency.
Evans and Willis remain in the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center awaiting bond to be set by a District Judge.
All three suspects have prior criminal histories.
Detectives ask that if you have purchased any of the stolen items in the Natchitoches area to please contact the NPSO Criminal Investigations Division at 318-357-7830. If you are caught with the items you will face criminal charges of Illegal Possession of Stolen Things.
Sheriff Jones said that we have recently seen a spike in vehicle burglaries and residential burglaries in Natchitoches Parish. We ask that neighbors keep an eye on their neighbor’s property while they may be at work or out of town.”
Please lock your vehicles and keep valuables out of sight on the exterior of residences such as All Terrain Vehicles, etc.
If you see something suspicious-say something contact the NPSO or NPD as soon as possible.
In this case, the homeowners video surveillance system was valuable along with the quick suspect recognition by deputies that lead to apprehensions. We would also like to thank Natchitoches Police Department for their assistance in the arrest of one of the
Involved in the investigation and arrests were: Deputy M. Smith, Lt. R. LaCaze, Asst. Chief of Investigations R. Turner , Detective D. Sowell assisted by the NPSO Patrol Division and NPD.