Investigators with both the Bastrop Police Department and the Morehouse Parish Sheriff's Office have been busy resolving several area burglary complaints.
MPSO Sgt. Libby Brixey and Sgt. Rebecca Wallace have been working on the theft of a chainsaw from a residence in Oak Ridge and developed information that the item had been pawned in Ouachita Parish. The duo was able to recover the saw and learn additional information about the theft and continue to investigate the parties allegedly involved.
Sheriff investigators also located a 2013 KTM SX250 motorcycle that was reported stolen last week. The cycle was found in pieces with the motor missing in a wooded area on the corner of Haynes and Huey. They are still looking for information regarding this theft.
Sgt. Wallace and Lt. Tyree Rowden were able to close a complaint from an elderly man who was giving cash to a relative to purchase money orders to pay his bills and the relative allegedly was endorsing the orders to himself. They were able to arrest Ricky L. Williams, 6688 Mer Rouge Rd., on charges of middle grade theft in that case.
Major Rose Worley commended the investigators for their speed and persistence in helping the citizens of Morehouse Parish.
"This group of investigators have made it their calling to aid citizens and to not only put suspects in jail, but also to try and recover stolen items as quickly as possible," Worley said.
Bastrop officers have also been able to clear up several burglaries.
Chief Downey Black said a juvenile is in Green Oaks Juvenile Detention Center following his arrest on four counts of burglary and four counts of conspiracy to commit burglary.
Four businesses on E. Madison were burglarized recently. BPD detectives were able to learn information regarding the involvement of local juveniles. The businesses are continuing to go through inventories to compile a complete list of items taken, but some items were recovered with the arrest of one juvenile. More arrests in the burglaries are pending as the investigation continues.
Detectives also arrested Mookie Matthews, 17, 10102 Pleasant, for allegedly breaking into a vehicle and stealing two cell phones.
Witnesses placed Williams at the scene of the theft and learned that he also was carrying a weapon, which he used to threatened a witness at the time of the break-in. When Williams was located, he was possession of an illegal drug as well as a weapon. He was arrested on charges of simple burglary, two counts illegal carrying of a weapon, possession of legend drug and illegal display of a weapon. The cellphones were recovered.