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Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Office Press Release


Title:  NPSO Detectives Solve Weeks Tractor And Supply Thefts; Over $70,000 Worth of Property Stolen
Date:  03/07/2013

Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Detectives  have arrested two men in connection with a 2 month investigation into a series of business burglary thefts near Natchitoches according to Natchitoches Parish Sheriff Victor Jones Jr.

The investigation began throughout the months of January and February 2013,  when Weeks Tractor &  Supply, located at 1790 Hwy 3175, Natchitoches called the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office reporting several thefts during the night.

Equipment reported stolen were:  (10) Bad Boy commercial lawn mowers,  (2) Cub Cadet riding lawn mowers, a Mahindra 4025 utility tractor with a six feet bush hog, box blade, hay bale spear, and 18 feet utility trailer valued over $70,000 were taken in the thefts.

A team of NPSO detectives and members of the patrol division conducted surveillance operations, reviewed surveillance tapes in the area, conducted interviews and gathered information in the cases according to Chief of Investigations Detective Greg Dunn.

During the initial stages of the investigation, deputies learned that the stolen equipment was possibly being taken to the Shreveport-Bossier City areas.

Detectives continued the investigation and with the assistance of the business owner, developed a “person of interest” in the case.
 
Detectives attempted to locate, the “person of interest” in and around the Natchitoches area for several days but information filtered into the streets, that he was being sought and he fled to Red River Parish.

On February 13th, Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Deputies and Red River Parish Sheriff’s Deputies took (Adrian Toussaint) into custody without incident while at a residence in the 300 block of St. Mary Street, near Coushatta, La.

Adrian Toussaint, 32 of the 300 block of Rockford Church Road, Natchitoches, La., was transported to Natchitoches, and interviewed by detectives in which he confessed to his involvement in the thefts.
  
Toussaint, was booked into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center charged with (17) counts of Felony Theft.    Toussaint is a former employee of the business.

Toussaint, remains in the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center.

Detectives then turned their investigation towards a suspect in the Shreveport area.

Natchitoches detectives traveled to Shreveport, and teamed up with Shreveport PD detectives, Louisiana State Police, the US Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force, and Bossier Parish Sheriff’s deputies attempting to locate the suspect identified as Natran Davis.

Detectives were unable to locate Davis and received information while in the Shreveport area that he was hiding from law enforcement.

Detectives were able to recover (2) Bad Boy lawn mowers and (1) Cub Cadet lawn mower sold in the Shreveport-Bossier City areas by Davis.

On February 26th,  the US Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force and Shreveport Police arrested Natran Davis, 45 of the 3400 block of St. Louis Avenue, Shreveport, La., while at a Shreveport motel on outstanding Natchitoches Parish criminal warrants.

Davis was transported to the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center, booked by NPSO detectives, charged with (17) counts of Felony Theft.

Davis remains in the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center.

Detectives also believe that some of the stolen items are still in the Shreveport area, and if these suspects sold or attempted to pawn any of these items, please contact the NPSO Criminal Investigations Division at 318-352-6432.

Sheriff Jones, stated that he is proud of the hard work done by his deputies, he is also appreciative of the help provided by other businesses in the area to assist in this investigation. Sheriff Jones, also wishes to thank Chief Willie Shaw and the Shreveport Police Department, Bossier Parish Sheriff Julian Whittington and his deputies, and US Marshal Henry Whitehorn and the Fugitive Task Force for their assistance & apprehension of the suspect in the Shreveport area.

The case was investigated by Asst. Chief of Investigations Detective Reginald Turner, and Detective Darrel Winder assisted by other NPSO detectives and members of the NPSO Patrol Division.

 


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