UPDATE: Man wanted for vehicle burglary and theft arrested

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A suspect wanted for breaking into two vehicles and stealing a third vehicle in the Haughton area is now in custody.

Joshua Cole Butcher
Joshua Cole Butcher

Joshua Cole Butcher, 32, of the 700 block of East College St., Plain Dealing, was taken into custody around 8:30 a.m. Thursday at Palmetto Rd. and Lakeview Dr. in Benton.  Residents in the area had notified the Bossier Sheriff’s Office of a suspicious person in the area, and when patrol deputies arrived, they began their investigation and noticed the eagle tattoo on Butcher’s neck.

Butcher also gave deputies his brother’s name instead of his own.  Deputies also recovered two checkbooks in his possession belonging to the victim of these crimes and a set of keys belonging to a Ford.  The stolen vehicle was recovered in the same area at Palmetto Rd. and Reyenga Rd., Benton.

Butcher was arrested and booked into the Bossier Maximum Security facility on one count of motor vehicle theft, four counts of simple burglary, three counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, nine counts of misdemeanor theft for stealing mail, and one count of resisting arrest by providing false information.  Butcher also has a parole violation hold from State Probation and Parole.

The camper shell from the truck and three firearms are still unaccounted for, so anyone who has dealt with Butcher in the last few days is asked to call the Bossier Sheriff’s Office at (318) 965-2203.

Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington would like to thank the public and media partners for their help in locating another criminal and removing him from the streets.