Thanks to the marvel of modern technology, a rash of thefts in both Morehouse and Ouachita Parishes have been cleared up and merchandise recovered.
On Oct. 13, a complaint was filed with the Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Department regarding the theft of a 4 wheeler and utility trailer from a residence in Frenchman's Bend. Surveillance cameras located throughout the neighborhood captured images of the vehicle used to remove the trailer and ATV and the homeowner placed stills of the video on Facebook, where the information was shared.
One person who saw the pictures contacted Crime Stoppers of Ouachita Parish, which led to the arrest of Frank K. Herbert, 10565 Crossett Hwy.
Herbert admitted taking the items and Deputies were able to recover them. While being questioned, Herbert also admitted to taking several items in Morehouse Parish as well. Morehouse Parish Sheriff's Office Investigators Libby Brixey and Jeremy Streeter interviewed Herbert and learned that he had taken a zero turn lawnmower and trailer from a residence on Whitestar as well as a shop fan, tools and toolbox, a weed eater and numerous other items which had been reported stolen to the MPSO.
Brixey and Streeter were able to recover the items listed above from a local pawn shop and were told by Herbert that he had sold a Ryobi chop saw with a broken blade guard, a Craftsman router with electrical tape on the cord and a Craftsman saw to individuals in the parking lot of a Bastrop convenience store.
Sheriff Mike Tubbs cautions those who bought the items that they are now in possession of stolen property and could face criminal charges.
"If you bought one of these items from Herbert, please contact the Sheriff's Department or bring the items to the office," Tubbs said.
Inside the city limits, the Bastrop Police Department is looking for information regarding the break-in of two local businesses.
At 1:10 a.m. Sept. 26, a call was received regarding a break-in at the Subway located on Madison. The only item removed from the restaurant was later found outside in the parking lot. Witnesses stated there were two individuals, one wearing a yellow raincoat with a hoodie and the second wearing a dark jacket with a hoodie and carrying a red backpack.
At 1:57 a.m., officers responded to Rite-Aid on North Washington regarding a break-in. Suspects entered the store by breaking out the glass in the front door. A similar description of the perpetrators was discovered. An inventory of the store is under way to distinguish what was taken.
Anyone with any information regarding these thefts or any felony may contact Crimestoppers at 281.0050; the Morehouse Parish Sheriff's Office at 281.4141 or the Bastrop Police Department at 281.1322. Also, anyone with any information regarding the whereabouts of the suspects shown on Page 2, may call Crimestoppers with that information. Crimestoppers will pay up to $2,000 for information leading to an arrest and conviction in felony cases.