3 people arrested in series of thefts

By Jade Cunningham | jcunningham@ktalnews.tv

Published 06/18 2014 05:30AM

Updated 06/18 2014 06:02AM

Three people were arrested in connection with a series of thefts targeting vacant residences in Natchitoches Parish.

Sheriff Victor Jones Jr. tells NBC 6 News the thefts happened in the Robeline area.

On Friday May 9th, around 12:30pm, Deputies assigned to the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Office Patrol Division responded to a reported residential burglary and theft in the 400 block of Freeman Loop.

Deputies say when they arrived, they spoke with the caretaker of the property and learned the residence was vacant.

Officers processed the crime scene, and say forced entry had been gained into the resident and an outside shed.

Items reported stolen include: an antique clock, a red metal box containing a soldering kit, a metal windmill replica, and a Craftsman 42-inch riding lawn mower valued at approximately $1200.

Two weeks later, on Sunday May 25th, just before midnight, Deputies responded to a second reported theft in the 400 block of Freeman Loop.

Deputies learned that a Frigidaire air conditioner window unit valued at $600 was stolen.

Another theft took place June 8th around 10:30pm in the 9700 block of La. Hwy 120 near Robeline, La.

Deputies say while talking with the complainant, they learned that a Goodman 4-ton central air unit had been removed from an exterior slab, an outboard motor, and Samsung cellular telephone all valued around $4500 were all stolen.

In each case, NPSO Patrol Deputies obtained information, completed offense reports and forwarded the reports to the NPSO Criminal Investigations Division for investigative purposes, according to Chief of Patrol Deputy Dough Rachal Jr.

The cases were assigned to Detectives assigned to the NPSO Criminal Investigations Division.

Detectives began their investigation and on June 9th, received information that led them to three suspects identified as Buckey Adams, Laci Rae Hayes, and Teri Gwen McPherson.

Detectives learned the suspects were in Sabine Parish, and asked the help of Sabine Parish Sheriff's Office in their apprehension.

Detectives interviewed other persons of interest in the investigation, developing sufficient evidence and probably cause to obtain criminal arrest warrants on Adams, Hayes and McPherson.

As a result of the investigation, detectives arrested:

*Buckey Adams (46), Robeline, La., booked into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center on June 10th, charged with 2-counts of Felony Theft. Adams has 19 prior arrests in Texas and Louisiana.

*Teri Gwen McPherson (36), Many, La., arrested by Sabine Parish Deputies on June 11th, and transferred to the Natchitoches Detention Center charged with 3-counts of Felony Theft.

*Laci Rae Hayes (29), Many, La., arrested by Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Deputies on June 11th, and transferred to the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center charged with 3-counts of Felony Theft.

Bonds were set by a Tenth Judicial District Court Judge.

Most of the stolen merchandise has been found in Sabine Parish according to Chief Investigator Greg Dunn.

Sheriff Jones, stated recently deputies have been investigating cases, where criminals are targeting vacant residences.  

They recommend all valuables be secured, document the serial numbers, notify a neighbor to keep watch over the property and if they see any suspicious activity to contact the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office at 318.352.6432.   

Keep in mind the description of the suspicious vehicle, and person or person(s) in the vehicle or walking.

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