Joy rider suspects arrested for damaging crops

An escapee from the Morehouse Detention Center, Desmond Ford, was re-detained Friday evening by the Morehouse Parish Sheriff's Office.

Desmond Ford, an inmate on work release, had jumped from a van as it slowed to make a turn in Collinston. Investigators turned last week to crime stoppers to help get information leading to his arrest.

According to Chief Criminal Investigator Major Rose Worley, a joint investigation by the department had around 20 officers working long hours on the case.

“I'm just pleased with everybody's effort to get this guy off the street,” Worley said. “Everybody just worked so hard and so diligently.”

Officers followed up on phone calls Ford had made and were able to track the phone he was using. Ford was caught in a wooded area on the corner of Perry and Waite. In addition to escape, he was also charged with vehicular burglary for stealing a phone out of a vehicle in Collinston.

Two suspects were also arrested in different case involving the unauthorized use of a tractor.

At 7:42 a.m. Saturday, the MPSO received a call from a local farmer who reported that his Holland tractor, which has a 12 row disc on it, had been damaged as well as his crops.

The tractor reportedly had been taken out for a ride without the farmer's permission through three of the farmer's fields where it damaged crops, was submerged in water and ran over a six row disc that was laying in the field. The suspects' joy ride caused thousands of dollars worth of damage and messed up three fields of crops.

Inv. Jeremy Streeter and Agent Scott Floyd worked the case with the assistance of Sgt. Joshua Hawthorne and were able to locate suspects, Allen Shields and Gavin Nolan. Both men were charged with unau