Tips from neighbors help police arrest suspected burglar

Wednesday, March 9, 2011 - 9:59am

One man is behind bars after breaking into a West Shreveport home and leading officers on a lengthy foot chase on Tuesday.

A woman's neighbor called police after he noticed her air conditioning unit on the ground and a broken window from where it had fallen while she was not home.  While at the scene in the 500 block of West 74th Street, two women approached police saying they spotted a man carrying a television at the nearby apartment complex.

Officers took their search to the apartment complex where one officer spotted the suspect, said Sgt. Jim Tipton of the Shreveport Police Department.  The suspect dropped the television and lead several officers and a K-9 unit on a foot chase through the neighborhood.

During that chase, the suspect broke into two apartment units in the complex while trying to hide from officers.  Officers were able to arrest Tarodgancy Sumner, 18, a few blocks away from the original burglary.  He was arrested on one count of residential burglary and two counts of unauthorized entry.

Residents in the neighborhood say seeing burglaries in their neighborhood and at the nearby apartment complex is all too common in recent weeks.  Jesse Sumers, who lives on the same street where the burglary occurred, told us that he and his neighbors have seen several break-ins lately, so they try to stay prepared and look out for each other.  Sgt. Tipton told us that the majority of the burglaries had been taking place in the nearby apartment complex in the 7200 block of Bernstein Road, but they recently started to see more burglaries in neighborhood homes.

Authorities suggest that residents should document serial numbers of their belongings and know what they have just in case they become the victim of a burglary.  Also, they recommend that residents should get to know their neighbors, so everyone can look out for each other.



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