A local woman accused of a multi-state crime wave is believed to be responsible for at least two burglaries in Shreveport.
On Monday Shreveport police detectives received information from law enforcement authorities in Orange Beach, Alabama regarding a burglary they were working. The victim in Alabama apparently left home for a few hours and when she returned, discovered about $10,000 worth of jewelry missing in addition to two computers and an Apple iPad. Several days after the burglary, the victim received an email notification on her Apple iPhone, which was linked to her stolen iPad, showing a response to a Craigslist advertisement. At the end of the e-mail, the name Shantel Flash appeared as well as a cell phone number which was later confirmed to be Flash’s cell phone.
Shreveport detectives immediately began following up on the lead for Alabama authorities and quickly found Flash had pawned several pieces of expensive jewelry at a local business. Investigators photographed the pawned items, and the victim in Orange Beach positively identified them as being stolen from her home earlier this month.
Shreveport officers contacted Flash at her house on the 12,000 block of Ashland Way and took her into custody on one count of illegal possession of stolen things. Detectives secured a search warrant for Flash’s house and located more items stolen from the Orange Beach burglary. Police also found items stolen from two other burglaries in Shreveport, one on St. Charles Boulevard and one on St. Bernard Drive. During their search, investigators seized drugs from a rental vehicle, and Flash was charged with two counts of possession of a narcotic.
Detectives report they anticipate Shantel Flash, 40, will face additional charges of burglary in connection with the break-ins on St. Charles Place and St. Bernard Drive. Investigators believe she is responsible for other burglaries and they are working at this time to determine what, if any, other similar crimes she might be responsible for. \
Information from Shreveport Police Department