Benton, La (KMSS) — Bossier sheriff's deputies caught three men stealing auto parts from used cars in a parking lot on Highway 3 near Benton High School on Sunday evening.
The vehicles were near Saddle Dr. and Wilson Loop in Benton and were to be sold or used as parts for a local salvage yard.
The owners told detectives, prior to the incident, that some of their cars were sitting on blocks after being lifted by jacks and were missing parts.
Just before midnight on Sunday, authorities caught two men, Blaze Blackman, 41, and Lowell Spence Sr., 55, both of Bossier Parish, in the act, stealing car parts. Another suspect, Frank Crandell, 24, of Bossier City, was caught driving up to the scene during the robbery.
When officials arrived, they found Blackman and Spence hiding under cars. They also found tools and a generator used to dismantle the vehicles.
All three men admitted to stealing thousands of dollars in car parts, including Catalytic converters, wheels and radiators multiple times over the past week. The men confessed they would use the wheels and radiators to sell for scrap metal.
The suspects were taken to the Bossier Maximum Security Facility and were each charged with felony theft, criminal trespassing and criminal property damage. Crandell was also arrested on a fugitive warrant.