Several recent thefts in the area have Morehouse Parish Sheriff's Office Chief Criminal Investigator Rose Worley urging Bastrop residents to keep their doors locked, both at their homes and on their cars.

“I just want to caution residents to keep their doors locked, secure your lawn equipment and make sure and lock up your cars,” Worley said.

One of several recent theft cases was solved with the arrest of Bryce Harris, 1491 Hwy. 2, Oak Grove, who was charged with felony theft following the recovery of several items that had been reported stolen from a relative of his' home on Yarborough Road. The items, which included a small battery charger, a big battery charger, a Dewalt reciprocating saw, a Makita circular saw, three chain saws, a torque wrench ½ drive snap-on buffer, a chop saw, a ½ socket set in a green box, a 3/8 socket set in a graybox and a ¼ drive mac socket, were located at pawn shops in Bastrop and Monroe. The value of the stolen items totaled $2,000.

The sheriff's office is also looking for help in several other theft cases.

On Aug. 8, a Raven Arms 25 automatic pistol was taken out of a vehicle on Layton Avenue.

On Aug. 9, a vehicle was vandalized on Nathan Drive. According to Worley, suspects broke the driver's side door handle and rear passenger's window. They also scratched the car with an aluminum for sale sign which officers found on the floor board of the car.

On Aug. 12, it was reported that a Rutger 10.22 rifle had been taken from a toolbox in a vehicle on Reeves Street.

Anyone with any information regarding these thefts may call Crime Stoppers at 281.0050; the Morehouse Parish Sheriff's Office at 281.4141 or the Bastrop Police Department at 281.1322. Crime Stoppers will pay up to $2,000 for information leading to an arrest and conviction in felony cases.