Due to the help of area citizens, two criminals are behind bars.
The Morehouse Parish Sheriff's Office recently received a Crimestoppers tip regarding a wanted Rayville man staying in Morehouse Parish. Lt. Rose Worley and Sgt. Libby Brixey were able to gather information regarding the whereabouts of Bradley Berry, a 30 year old white male wanted on a charge of simple rape in Richland Parish. Communication with the Richland Parish Sheriff's Office, enabled Worley and Brixey to assist in the apprehension of Berry as he was leaving the parish. Berry has an extensive sex offender criminal history.
Also, a call received at the Bastrop Police Department led to the apprehension of one man and the issuance of a warrant for a second suspect in a home invasion.
The City received a call stating someone had just pushed, at gun point, their way into a home on Todd Street. As officers were responding to the area, they saw two black males running down Todd Street. They were able to apprehend one of the males, but the second suspect fled the scene.
Speaking with the victim, officers learned the two suspects forced their way into the residence while holding a gun and then beat the victim until he gave them money.
Tysman Moore, 18, 817 E. Madison was charged with home invasion, conspiracy to commit home invasion, resisting an officer and possession of marijuana. Officers were able to secure a warrant for the arrest of the second suspect, identified as Teddy Ray Randle, on charges of home invasion, conspiracy to commit home invasion and resisting an officer.
The Sheriff's Office is still looking for information regarding several battery thefts across the parish. Unknown suspects are removing the batteries from the power units on farm equipment. Flyers regarding the thefts as well as tip information is being dispersed throughout the parish and Sheriff Mike Tubbs said the amount to be paid for a tip leading to the arrest of those stealing the batteries will be the full $2,000.
"The local farmers have partnered with the Sheriff's Office and Crime Stoppers in order to pay the $2,000 and get these thieves put in jail," Tubbs said.
A car burglary on Seymore Road also has the MPSO looking for information. A Smith and Wesson MP15-22 with a red dot scope and a Glock Model 22 .40 caliber pistol were stolen in the early morning hours of June 6. The Smith and Wesson is valued over $700 and the Glock is valued at $550.
Anyone with any information in any of the above felony cases or any other felony case may call Crimestoppers at 281.0050, the Bastrop Police Department at 281.1322 or the Morehouse Parish Sheriff's Office at 281.4141. Crimestoppers will pay up to $2,000 for any information in a felony case.