Alleged equipment thieves lead authorites on chase spanning 2 parishes

Glenn Rowe
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 - 12:59pm

A collaborative effort by law enforcement agencies in two parishes has led to the arrest of two men suspected of stealing expensive equipment from a south Shreveport home improvement center.

At around 1:47 a.m. Wednesday, Shreveport officers spotted a 1994 Honda Accord stopped in the middle of the intersection at Samford Avenue and Kings Highway. An officer observed what appeared to be power equipment sticking out of the open trunk of the vehicle and stopped to investigate. As he tried to make contact with the passengers of the Honda, the driver sped off.

Authorities pursued the vehicle south on Interstate 49 from Kings Highway, reaching speeds of over 100 miles an hour as they entered Desoto Parish.

Shreveport police notified law enforcement with the Desoto Parish Sheriff’s Office, and as the suspects entered their jurisdiction, Desoto deputies joined in the pursuit. Officials with the Desoto Parish Sheriff’s Office deployed a tire deflation device on Interstate 49 south near mile marker 175 that disabled the tires on the fleeing Honda and brought the chase to a halt. Officers and deputies took the two passengers, identified as 49-year old Martin Durrett and 43-year old Glenn Rowe, into custody immediately without incident.

Upon further investigation, officers discovered a Husky generator in the trunk of the car and a Rigid power washer in the backseat. Both of the items had Home Depot tags on them, and police ultimately discovered the merchandise had been stolen from the Home Depot in the 100 block of East Bert Kouns Industrial Loop. Patrolmen located a pair of bolt cutters in the Honda that Durrett and Rowe had apparently used to cut a locking cable that secured the machines.

Durrett, of  Haughton, was booked into the Desoto Parish Detention Center on one count of first offense driving under the influence and as a fugitive from Shreveport. Once back in Shreveport, Durrett will face charges of aggravated flight from an officer and felony theft.

Rowe, of Shreveport, was booked into the Desoto Parish Correctional Center as a fugitive from Shreveport and has since been taken to the Shreveport City Jail where he is currently charged with one count of felony theft.

Detectives will be following up on this case in an effort to determine if Durrett and Rowe are responsible for other similar crimes.

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