ATV theft investigation lands 7 people behind bars in Natchitoches Parish

NATCHITOCHES PARISH, La. - A six-week investigation has led to the arrests of seven people in connection with the theft of two all-terrain vehicles in Natchitoches Parish.

The investigation began on Jan. 21 when deputies assigned to the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Office Patrol Division responded to a reported theft in the 1700 block of La. Hwy 485 near Powhatan.

Deputies arrived on scene and while speaking with the complainant and employees learned two 2017 green Yamaha Kodiak 700s model all-terrain vehicles valued at approximately $14,000 had been stolen from a farm shed during the night hours.

Deputies photographed, processed the crime scene and gathered information for an offense report.

The case was then turned over to the NPSO Criminal Investigations Division for investigative purposes.

As detectives continued the investigation, they began to obtain names of several “persons of interest” according to Chief of Investigations Detective Greg Dunn.

During the following six weeks, NPSO detectives began focusing on those individuals traveling to Sabine, Red River and Caddo Parishes attempting to locate and interview those individuals that were believed to be involved in the theft.

Sabine, Red River and Caddo Parish Sheriff’s detectives joined in to assist in the investigation.

The process of locating and interviewing these individuals who had separated following the theft took hours and days to find them according to Dunn.

During the course of the investigation and interviews, detectives obtained sufficient evidence and probable cause to obtain criminal arrest warrants signed by a Tenth Judicial District Judge on seven suspects who were identified and allegedly involved or conspired to commit the theft.

As a result of the investigation, detectives arrested:

*Billy R. Murphy Jr., 32, of Shreveport, booked into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center on March 6, charged with 1-count of Criminal Conspiracy, 2-counts of Felony Theft between $5000-$25,000, 1-count of Attempted Theft, 2-counts of Theft under $750, and 1-count of Contributing to the Delinquency of a Juvenile.

*Jacoby D. Caldwell Sr., 28, of Shreveport, booked into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center on March 3, charged with 1-count of Criminal Conspiracy, 2-counts of Felony Theft between $5000-$25,000, 1-count of Attempted Theft, 2-counts of Theft under $750, 1-count of Attempted Theft, and 1-count of Contributing to the Delinquency of a Juvenile.

*Latisha N. Edwards, 24, of Shreveport, booked into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center on Feb. 27, charged with 1-count of Accessory after the Fact, and 1-count of Criminal Obstruction of Justice.

*Armaa Y. Edwards, 17, of Coushatta, booked into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center on Feb. 21, charged with 2-counts of Theft less than $750, 1-count of Criminal Trespassing, 1-count of Attempted Theft, and 1-count of Contributing to the Delinquency of a Juvenile

*Larris Edwards, 19, of Coushatta, booked into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center on Feb. 27, charged 1-count of Criminal Conspiracy, 2-counts of Felony Theft between $5000-$25,000, 1-count of Attempted Theft, 1-count of Theft less than $750 and 1-count of Criminal Trespassing.

*Kristina M. Markam, 33, of Many, booked into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center on Feb. 9, charged with 1-count of Attempted Theft, and 2-counts of Principal to Felony Theft.

*Simco W. Morris, 21, of Coushatta, currently being held in the Red River Parish Jail on Red River Parish charges of Carnal Knowledge of a Juvenile, Flight from an Officer and Resisting an Officer.

Morris is also being held on Natchitoches Parish charges of:  1-count of Criminal Conspiracy, 2-counts of Felony Theft between $5000-$25,000, 1-count of Theft less than $750, 1-count of Attempted Theft and 1-count of Criminal Trespassing.

All of the suspects have bonded out of jail pending their court appearances with the exception of Simco Morris and Larris Edwards.

Detectives say the ATVs have not been recovered but believe they may be in Red River Parish.

Anyone caught in possession of the stolen ATV’s may be charged with Illegal Possession of Stolen Things.

If you have any information on the whereabouts of the ATVs contact the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office at (318) 352-6432 or your local law enforcement agency.

 


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