Alleged house burglar busted with help of neighbors
A Bienville Parish man has been charged in connection with a residential burglary and is suspected of committing numerous others in Shreveport’s South Highland and Broadmoor neighborhoods.
Just before 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, Shreveport police officers were called to a house in the 4000 block of Baltimore Avenue to a suspicious activity call. Upon arrival, officers contacted the person who reported that they had seen a suspicious looking car pull into a neighbor’s driveway. Two suspects got out of the vehicle and went behind the house. Moments later, an alarm went off at the house and the pair fled the scene in the car. The neighbors were able to provide detailed descriptions of the suspects and the vehicle, including a license plate number, to the officer.
Detectives were notified and immediately began gathering intelligence about the suspicious car and subsequently located the vehicle this morning at the Plantation Inn in the 4900 block of Greenwood Road. Investigators set up surveillance on the car and in short order detained two subjects as they left a hotel room there and attempted to get in the vehicle. As the investigation progressed detectives discovered and seized numerous items, including jewelry and other valuables, believed to have been stolen in residential burglaries.
Investigators have now charged 44-year-old Donald B. Pickett of Arcadia, Louisiana with one count of burglary. Detectives stress that they believe Pickett is responsible for the bulk of the huse burglaries reported in South Highland and Broadmoor over the past several months and anticipate he will be charged with more as their investigation goes forward. The second person detained is being interviewed at this time and has not been charged with any of the crimes yet.
Anyone with any information regarding these burglary cases is urged to call Shreveport Police detectives at 318-673-6985 or Shreveport-Caddo Parish Crime Stoppers at 318-673-7373.
From Shreveport Police Department