Four Jailed In Connection With Southern Hills Vehicle Burglaries
Three men and a teenage boy are now facing several charges for their alleged role in numerous car break-ins in Shreveport's Southern Hills neighborhood.
Between October 17 and 19, Shreveport Police officers responded to many complaints from residents in the area who claimed their cars had been broken into during the night. Patrol officers were already scouring the area due to the increased number of incidents investigated a day prior, and reported coming into contact with a male subject who was spotted around midnight, walking in the vicinity where a large concentration of the crimes were committed. As officers talked to the man, they found that he had no nearby address, and had allegedly been dropped off in the area by a friend. Finding this action somewhat peculiar, officers made note of the man's identity and permitted him to proceed on his way.
Cpl Marcus Hines of the Shreveport Police Department tells us what happened next:
Shreveport Police Property Crimes investigators were informed of the newly acquired information and with the receipt of additional break-ins, immediately began the process of following up on leads. This effort led authorities to a home located in the 2700 block of Parkridge Street. As police arrived at the home, contact was initiated with persons inside the residence. In all, 11 people were located inside the home, several of whom were temporarily detained during the investigation. In a subsequent search of the residence, police located a wide array of merchandise found to be stolen in the two day span of burglaries. Investigators were successful in linking evidence found inside the home to 35 separate vehicle break-ins. Following interviews with persons on the scene, investigators subsequently charged a 15 year old juvenile, 18 year old King James Copeland, 17 year old Tra'darryl Taylor, and 19 year old Jacorey Vinson in the investigation. It was additionally learned that Copeland was the same man stopped the day prior by authorities. Each suspect now faces charges ranging from simple burglary to criminal conspiracy.
All the adult suspects were booked into the Shreveport City Jail, while the teen was transported to the Caddo Juvenile Detention Center.