SHREVEPORT, La. (KTAL/KMSS) – Shreveport police say there was no suspected burglar inside the South Highland neighborhood home they had surrounded for most of the early afternoon, but a woman who lives there slept through the whole thing.
According to Shreveport Police Chief Ben Raymond, officers first got the call shortly after noon, when a man came home and noticed some things were missing and then found someone going through his belongings. Chief Raymond said the homeowner got out of the house and called police. When officers arrived, they were told that a family member was believed to be asleep inside in one of the bedrooms.
“So we treated it as a barricaded person, possibly a hostage situation, called out our crisis negotiations teams with our special response team and ultimately sent a robot into the residence to check and make sure there wasn’t a hostage situation,” Raymond said. “During resolving this issue, the lady that was asleep inside did wake up and come outside and we were able to determine she was safe and then officers ultimately went into the residence and cleared it and we did not find a suspect, which means he probably got out at some point between the gentleman seeing him and notifying police of the invasion.”
According to 911 dispatch records, there were more than a dozen units on the scene for more than 3 hours before the officers confirmed there was no one inside but the sleeping family member. The response to the possible standoff prompted at least one nearby private school to shelter staff and students in place during the school day.
Raymond says they have “pretty good information” as to who the burglar might be because he was recognized by the homeowner.
“So hopefully, we will be able to get some good evidence on the scene and solve the crime.”
Police have not specified what, if anything, was taken from the home.