3 jailed following botched burglary attempt

Shreveport Police Department
Friday, January 31, 2014 - 2:21pm

Three suspects remain jailed following a failed attempt at an early morning business burglary in west Shreveport.

Just after 2:00 a.m., Friday morning, a Shreveport Police officer was patrolling near the 3800 block of Greenwood Road when he observed what was later found to be a burglary in progress. The officer was alerted to the suspicious activity after observing a pickup truck with a large flatbed trailer attached, parked idling near a secluded location on Greenwood Road at Broadway Avenue. Upon closer inspection, the officer observed a group of males making return trips to the pickup truck, each time carrying and loading various machine parts onto it's trailer. It was learned the men were removing the parts from Pharr Brothers Machinery, which was closed for business.

As additional officers arrived on scene at the business, three suspects were taken into custody. One of the suspects was taken into custody with the assistance of a trained police dog after the man attempted to flee on foot. Shreveport Police Property Crimes detectives were advised of the incident and responded immediately launching an investigation. Information gathered during the preliminary stage of the inquiry determined the men were removing the parts from the business via a breach in a seven foot fence surrounding the business. It was determined the men had successfully removed several thousand pounds of machine parts from the business prior to their discovery by police. All items removed from the business were returned to business owner.

Arrested for their alleged roles in the burglary were: 25-year-old Brandon Price, 18-year-old Leavern Johnson, and 19-year-old Eric Williams, all of Shreveport. Each man now faces a single count of burglary. Price was also arrested on outstanding traffic warrants, while Williams faces an additional charge of resisting an officer.

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