A local man has been charged in connection with 13 burglaries reported at different businesses across the city.

Since the first of this month, detectives have been investigating numerous business burglaries throughout Shreveport. 

In each of those crimes the suspect entered the business in a similar fashion and stole similar items.  All the reported burglaries happened at night when the businesses were closed and no one was there.  Based on information gathered as the result of a thorough investigation, detectives were able to identify a suspect and, on February 8, 2011, patrol officers spotted the man near St. Vincent Avenue and Hollywood Avenue.  Upon further investigation, officers found the suspect, identified as 49-year-old Michael T. Butler, in possession of a small amount of suspected crack cocaine and a crack pipe.  Butler, of the 7200 block of Flournoy Lucas Road in Caddo Parish, was booked into the Shreveport City Jail at that time on one count each of possession of a Schedule II narcotic and possession of drug paraphernalia. 

Detectives continued their inquiry and earlier today charged Butler in connection with the 13 business burglaries.  The establishments he allegedly broke into are:

Sylvia’s Hair in the 2700 block of Mackey Lane

Ultimate Nails in the 8900 block of Mansfield Road

Shreveport Nails in the 8200 block of Jewella Avenue

Shear’s Hair and Nails in the 2500 block of West Bert Kouns Industrial Loop

Paper Shack in the 200 block of Southfield Road

Initial Monograms in the 1900 block of East 70th Street

Aquarium Concepts in the 2100 block of East 70th Street

Ernie’s Car Care in the 3800 block of Southern Avenue

Endless Summer Tanning in the 600 block of West Bert Kouns Industrial Loop

Altis Computer in the 2700 block of Mackey Lane

Fast Signs in the 1900 block of East 70th Street

Today’s Tanning in the 5100 block of West Bert Kouns Industrial Loop

Solice Photography in the 9400 block of Mansfield Road

Detectives will be following up on other similar burglary cases in an attempt to determine if Michael Butler is responsible for any other crimes.  Anyone with any information regarding this case is urged to call Shreveport Police detectives at 318-673-6985 or Shreveport-Caddo Parish Crime Stoppers at 318-673-7373.

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