Suspect in restaurant burglary arrested

Has multiple arrests and convictions for same thing dating back to 1996

SHREVEPORT, La. - A suspect in the robbery of a local restaurant is behind bars in the Shreveport City Jail.

Morris Edwards, 38 of the 300 block of East 79th was arrested in connection with the Feb. 26 robbery of Monjuni's restaurant on Louisiana Avenue in Shreveport. 

He was booked into the Shreveport City Jail at 9 a.m. Thursday on a charge of Simple Burglary.

At this time Detectives are conducting interviews and  processing  evidence that might possibly link Morris to other  similar crimes that have occurred in the last two months.     

The suspect was positively identified from surveillance video during a robbery Feb. 26 break-in at Monjuni’s Restaurant on Louisiana Avenue.

Neither the robbery, nor the inside of a jail cell, is new to Edwards.

In April 2014, he was charged with six counts of simple burglary after “throwing a large concrete rock or brick through the glass window or door and once inside the cash register drawers are removed,” according to the police report. 

Those listed on the Bill of Information on those 2014 break-ins were: Franks Pizza on Fern Avenue; a convenience store at 1301 Jewella; Daquiri Express on Pines Road, Bayou Daquiri on South Lakeshore, Furniture Mania on Shreveport Barksdale Boulevard; and C & V on Jewella.

The maximum sentence for simple burglary is 12 years for each count; however, in October 2014, Edwards was only sentenced to five years on each count to be served concurrently (at the same time), after he accepted a plea bargain in which he plead guilty to two of the burglaries, and the other four were dismissed by the judge on recommendation of the district attorney and agreement by the defendant. 

Prior to 2014, Edwards was charged with a number of simple burglary charges, along with others, going back to 1996. Some of them were dismissed, and on others, he was convicted and received sentences in prison. But he always got out, and always committed the same crimes again. 


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