Five men and a juvenile, whose name wasn’t released, are under arrest and charged with burglarizing around 40 homes for firearms, flatscreen televisions, and other electronic valuables.
Here are their names: 19-year-old Damon Marzett, 22-year-old Courtney Douglas, 17-year-old Xavier Bradford, 20-year-old Yancy Bradford, and 21-year-old Devasquez Payton.
Authorities are looking to question 22-year-old Dennis Cooper of Ruston, who’s not been arrested yet.
You may remember Marzett and Douglas—both were arrested and charged with armed robbery at the Sabine State Bank in Ruston.
Officials say that after both Marzett and Douglas were arrested, investigators obtained the necessary proof to make further arrests to bring the burglary ring down.
Sheriff’s officials say the burglary ring spanned four parishes: Bienville, Claiborne, Jackson, and Lincoln. Investigators believe most of the goods were stolen from Lincoln Parish, then sold to other people in outside parishes.
Judging by the time the burglars would strike, and how close the homes were to neighboring homes, the sheriff calls the burglars gutsy.
“They were pretty bold. They’d go where homes were close to each other. Not really typical of your burglars that try to hide,” said Sheriff Mike Stone.
Stone credits the hard work of several law enforcement agencies to bringing down, what he calls, career criminals.