Detectives arrested 30-year old Lance Garett Ellis of Texarkana, Arkansas today on a charge of theft of motor vehicle fuel. Detectives determined Ellis was the suspect driving the Chevrolet pickup truck which was located at Ellis’ residence. The Texarkana, Arkansas Police Department assisted Bossier City police in taking Ellis into custody at his home.  Detectives are still looking for the second suspect who was caught on video taken inside the Dixie Mart. Anyone with information about the second suspect is asked to call contact Bossier Crime Stoppers.

(Original news release issued October 12, 2011)

POLICE SEEK SUSPECTS IN RECENT FUEL THEFTS WHO WERE CAUGHT ON SECURITY CAMERA VIDEO

The Bossier City Police Department is asking the public to help find two suspects involved in a recent string of fuel thefts that occurred at three separate gas stations. The thefts took place over the past two weeks at the Dixie Mart in the 3700 block of Industrial Drive and at the Exxon and Valero stores, both in the 3800 block of Industrial Drive.

An investigation by the Property Crimes Unit has determined at least two white male suspects were involved in each incident. One of the suspects was in a white van while the other drove what appeared to be a dark colored, older model Chevrolet pickup truck with an Arkansas license plate. In each case the suspects were able to manipulate and unlock fuel pumps at each of the stations allowing them to pump undisclosed amounts of fuel into large containers without being registered inside the store. The thefts occurred while the stores were closed.

The Dixie Mart incident occurred on Sept. 29, 2011 as an employee was busy preparing to open for the day. That incident was caught on security camera video and shows both suspects and their vehicles. The driver of the van was also caught on video that was taken by a camera inside the store after the clerk, who was unaware the thefts had occurred, let him in the business to use the restroom.

Anyone with information about the suspects is asked to call Bossier Crime Stoppers at (318) 424-4100. They can also submit a web or text tip via the Bossier Crime Stoppers website –bossiercrimestoppers.org.  Persons providing information that leads to arrests will be eligible to receive a cash reward of $425 and can remain totally anonymous.

Update:  Bossier City police have arrested one of the two suspects wanted in connection with the recent fuel thefts at local gas stations.