Pawn shop tip leads to burglary arrests

Monday, April 16, 2012 - 5:02pm

Thanks to a quick thinking pawn shop employee and dedicated police officers from both sides of the Red River, two local men are jailed on burglary charges while another is on the run from authorities.

On April 9, 2012, Shreveport Police patrol officers responded to a residential burglary at a home in the 400 block of Gloria Avenue. Upon arrival, patrolmen discovered unknown suspects had forced their way into the home by breaking out a window. Once inside the culprits made off with some computer equipment and numerous pieces of jewelry. The very next day, police were dispatched to a home in the 300 block of Gladstone Boulevard relative to a similar burglary where the suspects entered the home after breaking a window. The thieves took several pieces of jewelry before fleeing the scene of the crime.

Detectives were assigned to the cases and, based on witness statements as well as other evidence recovered during the course of their inquiry, were able to develop 27 year old Jarret Ardoin and 30 year old Brian Marzula as suspects in both of the burglaries. Some of the stolen items had been pawned by the pair at local pawn shops and investigators subsequently notified those businesses to be on the lookout for the duo. On April 11, 2012, an employee at the Cash-In-A-Flash in the 4600 block of East Texas Street in Bossier City spotted the men and immediately called police. Bossier City Police responded to the store and took both Ardoin and Marzula into custody without incident.

Authorities in Bossier City booked Marzula and Ardoin into the Bossier City Jail on felony charges of illegal possession of stolen things and Shreveport detectives obtained arrest warrants charging them with two counts of simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling each. Marzula’s bond on the charges in Shreveport has been set at $200,000 while Ardoin is facing a $60,000 bond. As the investigation moved forward, detectives were able to identify another suspect and have now procured a warrant for the arrest of 35 year old Ronald H. Norwood, Jr. of the 200 block of East Elmwood Street in Shreveport. Norwood has been charged with one count each of felony illegal possession of stolen things and felony theft. His bond is set at $50,000. Anyone who has any information regarding Norwood or his whereabouts is urged to call Shreveport Police detectives at 318-673-6985 or Shreveport-Caddo Parish Crime Stoppers at 318-673-7373. Mug shots of Marzula and Ardoin are courtesy of the Bossier City Police Department.

        Ronald H. Norwood, Jr.


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