Detectives with the Bossier Sheriff’s Office are continuing their investigation and collection of evidence of three vehicles that were found in Shreveport Wednesday morning after they were reported stolen from Bossier City just a short time earlier.
Another eight vehicles were reported to the Sheriff’s Office to have been burglarized overnight in the same area of Bossier City.
It began Wednesday morning just after daybreak when Bossier patrol deputies began working the numerous vehicle burglaries and thefts in The Landing at Willow Bayou Apartment Homes and The Reserve of Bossier City Apartment Homes, both off of Airline Drive. Three vehicles – Ford F250, Chevrolet Equinox, and Toyota Camry – were reported stolen from the two apartment complexes. Residents also reported eight vehicle burglaries. Detectives say there may be others.
Bossier detectives quickly issued a BOLO – Be on the Lookout – for the three stolen vehicles, and within a short time, a member of the FBI Violent Crimes Task Force spotted one of the vehicles, which led to the location of Narcissus Drive off of Jones Mabry in Shreveport, just north of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Drive. The suspects fled the scene into the heavily-wooded area, and deputies with the Bossier Sheriff’s Office, along with officers with the Shreveport Police Department and deputies with the Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office, quickly developed a perimeter and began their search with support of SPD and CPSO K-9 teams. The two agencies also deployed their drones, while Crime Scene Investigators with the Bossier Sheriff’s Office and detectives with the Shreveport Police Department diligently processed the vehicles for evidence.
Early afternoon, Bossier Motorcycle Deputies escorted the three stolen vehicles to another location in Bossier Parish for further processing. Two other vehicles found at the scene had also been reported stolen, one with the Haughton Police Department about a month ago, and another with the Bossier City Police Department; those agencies will process those vehicles.
Additionally, detectives found numerous stolen items at the scene as well as evidence of other stolen vehicles; thus, today’s find could lead to help solve other burglaries and/or stolen vehicles.
Bossier detectives believe there are at least four black male suspects involved in last night’s vehicle thefts and burglaries, based on video surveillance footage at the apartment complexes and eyewitness testimony of responding officers at the scene on Narcissus Drive when the suspects fled into the woods and during the search.
Video surveillance from the apartment complexes showed the suspects driving in the Toyota Camry after the stole it from The Reserve Apartments; it’s unsure at this point just how the men initially arrived at the apartment complex. Detectives believe the suspects then left The Reserve and drove to The Landing where they committed more thefts and burglaries. Surveillance video then showed one man driving the truck, another driving the SUV, and two men in the Camry as they departed The Landing.
Bossier detectives are urging anyone who may have been a victim of a vehicle burglary in The Reserve or The Landing apartment complexes last night to report those crimes by calling the Bossier Sheriff’s Office at (318) 965-2203. Also, if any residents might have any video surveillance of the suspects either checking for unlocked vehicles in the apartment complexes to also call the Sheriff’s Office.
Detectives also urge residents to LOCK THEIR VEHICLES. Vehicle burglaries and thefts are crimes of opportunities as thieves simply go through neighborhoods, subdivisions, apartment buildings, and parking lots as they tug on vehicle handles to open a door. When they find a vehicle unlocked, they take whatever they want. If they find keys in the vehicle, they also drive away.
Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington encourages residents with one message – Hide it, Lock it, Keep it.
“I am also very proud of the diligent work by our patrol deputies and detectives and the rapid and intense cooperation between the other law enforcement agencies in this case,” said Sheriff Whittington. “We are still processing the scene, and while these thieves may have eluded us in the woods today, we will identify them and bring them into custody soon.”