Two men are behind bars after a weekend robbery thanks to a helpful citizen and a vigilant Shreveport police officer. "It's a perfect example of how cooperation with the citizens that we serve works to put a bad guy behind bars," said Sgt. Bill Goodin, Shreveport police spokesman.
Shreveport police were dispatched late Saturday night to a Family Dollar in the 3700 block of W. 70th Street. The clerk told police that she had opened the register to conduct a transaction, then a male suspect reached over the counter and started to pull cash out of the drawer.
The suspect left the scene in a truck with another man waiting for him in the parking lot. "A concerned citizen observed this happening and was able to give officers a description of the vehicle," Sgt. Goodin explained. A patrol officer spotted the truck near the intersection of Louise Street and Gaywood Street, where he stopped the car. The passenger in the truck took off running, but was captured moments later hiding in a shed.
Andre Ary and Bryant Sparks were arrested on counts of simple robbery. Sgt. Goodin stressed the importance for clerks, employees and management to call their police department if you see someone standing around the store loitering or someone who gives you an uneasy feeling. The Shreveport Police Department will continue to have additional officers on the street going into the New Year.