A Natchitoches man has been arrested by the Grant Parish Sheriff’s Office and Montgomery Police Department in connection with the theft of a vehicle in the Melrose area on Monday night according to Natchitoches Parish Sheriff Stuart Wright.

On Tuesday morning October 27 at approximately 9:26am, Deputies assigned to the NPSO Patrol and Criminal Investigations Bureaus responded to a reported vehicle theft in the 1400 block of La. Hwy 484 near Melrose, La.

Deputies arrived on scene and while speaking with the complainant learned that his 2004 Ford F-350 dually truck had been stolen during the night.

Deputies also observed a 2019 Dodge Journey parked on the property that the complainant was not familiar with.

Deputies ran a license plate vehicle registration check on the 2020 Dodge Journey learning it had been reported stolen to Natchitoches Police Department.

The vehicle was processed for evidence, registered owner notified of the recovery and towed by a local wrecker service until the owner could make arrangements to pick it up.

The investigation continued, deputies entered the Ford F-350 into the National Crime Information as a stolen vehicle, issued a BOLO (Be on the Look Out) Message and summoned assistance from local media to spread the message out to the public.

As the investigation progressed, detectives received information of a possible person of interest.

Detectives with the assistance of patrol deputies began following up of leads reviewing business surveillance video in the Provencal and Natchitoches areas tracking the person of interest according to Major Reginald Turner of the NPSO Criminal Investigations Bureau.

Deputies checked several locations in Natchitoches Parish on Tuesday but were unable to locate the vehicle and person of interest.

Shortly after 4:00am this morning, Grant Parish Sheriff’s Deputies and Montgomery Police responded to reports of a suspicious vehicle parked on private property in the Montgomery area.

Deputies observed a male sleeping inside the vehicle then conducted a license plate registration check learning the vehicle a 2004 Ford F-350, silver in color, had been listed in NCIC as stolen on Natchitoches Parish on October 27th, 2020.

Grant deputies identified the occupant of the vehicle as 33-year-old Kendrick Tyrone Newton, of Natchitoches, La.

Grant deputies learned Newton was wanted by Natchitoches Police on a fugitive warrant, and in possession of the stolen vehicle.

During a search of Newton’s person incidental to the arrest, Grant deputies seized suspected methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.

The vehicle was recovered and stored by a wrecker service pending it being picked up by the owner.

Kendrick T. Newton, 33, of the 1300 block of St. John Street, Natchitoches was transported and booked into the Grant Parish Detention Center charged with Illegal Possession of Stolen Things, Criminal Trespassing, Possession of CDS II Methamphetamine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, etc.

Newton is also on felony probation.

Newton remains in the Grant Parish Detention Center on Grant Parish charges with a hold for the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Lt. Jonathan Byles of the NPSO Criminal Investigations Bureau said Newton is facing 1-count of Vehicle Theft and 1-count of Illegal Possession of Stolen Things valued over $25,000 in connection with being in possession of the stolen 2020 Dodge Journey.

If you have any information contact Lt. Byles of the NPSO Criminal Investigations Bureau at 318-357-7830.