Four teenagers have been arrested in a vehicle burglary ring that spanned area neighborhoods in North Bossier and Benton over the past few weeks.
Bossier detectives determined that 17-year olds Kyle K. Coffey, of Benton, Ricardo R. Gomez, of Benton, along with two 16-year-olds, burglarized numerous vehicles in several different neighborhoods along Airline Drive over the past month.
Detectives discovered the teens would peruse the neighborhoods at night, checking unlocked vehicles for any items they could steal. Among the items they took from vehicles at residences were wallets, credit cards, GPS units, radar detectors, loose change and multiple handguns.
The investigation led detectives to a couple of area business which assisted in providing information in finding the culprits.
“Surveillance video from one of those businesses proved helpful by identifying who the suspects were in the burglaries,” said Sheriff Larry Deen. “As the investigation unfolded, our detectives were able to connect four suspects to 10 vehicle burglaries in Bossier Parish.”
Further interrogation of the suspects revealed other burglaries in the area that had not even been reported to the Sheriff’s Department or the Bossier City Police Department, and those homeowners have since been notified.
Detectives have recovered four stolen guns, GPS units, two radar detectors and a wallet.
Charges for the four teens arrested were:
Coffey: Seven counts of simple burglary, six counts of contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile and two counts of unauthorized use of an access card. He turned himself into Bossier detectives Dec. 16 and was transported to the Bossier Maximum Security Facility for booking; his bond is set at $50,000.
Gomez: Two counts of illegal possession of stolen things and one count of unauthorized use of an access card. He turned himself into Bossier detectives Dec. 15 and was transported to the Bossier Maximum Security Facility for booking with a bond of $4,000.
One of the 16-year-olds was charged with three counts of simple burglary and two counts of unauthorized use of an access card, while the other 16-year-old was charged with three counts of simple burglary and one count of unauthorized use of an access card. They were arrested last week and transported to the Bossier Detention Center.
Bossier Sheriff’s detectives have been able to match most of the stolen items with their owners; however, they have a radar detector that was recovered from the vehicle burglaries, but they haven’t been able to tie it to an owner. If you were a victim of any of these burglaries, please contact a detective at the Bossier Sheriff’s Department at 965-2203.
Unfortunately, law enforcement sees these types of crimes all too often. “I cannot stress enough the importance of locking your vehicles,” said Sheriff Larry Deen. “Like with these vehicle burglaries, most crimes of this nature are conducted as crimes of convenience, where a criminal will take an item of value from a vehicle that has not been locked. Whether at home or out and about, be sure and lock your vehicle, and keep any valuables out of sight.”
From Bossier Sheriff's Department