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Vivian Home Burglarized Three Times, By Three People, In One Day; Suspect Arrested

James Michael Clark_CSO
James Michael Clark/CSO booking photo

Remember the old music lyric, “If it weren’t for bad luck, I’d have no luck at all?”  That’s how a Vivian woman must have felt when her home was burglarized in July by three different suspects all on the same day.

This past weekend, one of the suspects was arrested after a three-hour search involving four-wheelers and the U.S. Marshal’s Violent Offenders Task Force. James Michael Clark, 34, of Vivian, was booked into the Caddo Correctional Center on a CPSO warrant for simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling, said Caddo Sheriff Steve Prator. Clark was also booked for resisting arrest.

Sheriff’s Detective Donnie Laney, who investigated the case, said the break-ins occurred on July 2 in the 1800 block of North Pine Street in Vivian. During the first burglary, the suspect took a jewelry box, a Wii gaming system, DVDs, and legal papers. The second burglary occurred when suspect #1 contacted Clark and asked him to retrieve a shotgun from the house. Clark was driven to the house by suspect #3, Sharla Simmons, who later returned on her own to steal a pair of cowboy boots. Simmons later posted a picture of the boots on Facebook.

Simmons, 30, of Vivian, was arrested on August 10 for her part in the break-ins and was booked into CCC for simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling. Clark was arrested this past Friday at a family member’s house on Totem Road in Vivian. Clark initially fled when the U.S. Marshal’s Task Force showed up to arrest him. The Task Force used four-wheelers to search a wooded area nearby. Clark later returned to the house and was taken into custody. The case against suspect #1 is still under investigation.

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