The Shreveport Police Department’s Mounted Patrol Unit made quick work of an attempted vehicle burglary late Thursday, arresting the suspect after he was hit by a bus while attempting to flee.
James Dilworth, 49, was transported to University Health Hospital with what was described as non-life threatening injuries. He was released by the hospital and subsequently booked into the Shreveport City Jail on one count of Simple Burglary at 5:19 this morning.
Just before 11:30 p.m. Thursday, mounted patrol officers responded to reports of a vehicle burglary in progress at the Holiday Inn Hotel in the 100 block of Lake Street.
A witness reported that a subject was stealing tools from the toolbox of a pickup truck and stashing them next to a building across the street from the hotel. As officers were in route to the burglary, they were notified of a major accident at the same location. Officers arrived on scene and learned that both incidents were connected.
Officers launched their investigation and through witness reports and information gathered at the scene, learned Dilworth, of the 700 block of Austen Place, allegedly entered a toolbox in the bed of a pickup parked at the Holiday Inn.
Reportedly, Dilworth removed tools from the toolbox and stashed the tools next to a business across the street from the hotel.
After stashing the tools, Dilworth started back to the hotel, but unfortunately his walk across the street was interrupted when he was struck by a Sportran bus. Officers were able to recover the stolen tools and return them to their owner.
Dilworth was transported to University Health Hospital with what was described as non-life threatening injuries. He was released by the hospital and booked into the Shreveport City Jail on one count of Simple Burglary.