UPDATE: 3rd suspect arrested in connection to nearly 30 vehicle burglaries

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(4/18/19) UPDATE: Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Investigators continued investigation into the recent vehicle burglaries in the Calhoun-West Ouachita areas has led to the arrest of a 17 year old juvenile allegedly involved. His identity cannot be released due to his juvenile status.

This arrest is in addition to the arrest of Jonathan Dakota McClain and Summer Renee Johnson on April 4th.  The juvenile was placed in Green Oaks Detention Center charged with twenty-six counts of Simple Burglary, one count of Resisting an Officer, and one count of Felony Theft. These arrests thus far have cleared thirty burglary and theft cases for the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s office and five under investigation by the West Monroe Police Department.

The investigation continues and more charges and/or arrests are expected.

Falen Massey, accompanying the juvenile at the time he was located and arrested, was arrested on two outstanding warrants and a Felony Theft charge that was unrelated to the vehicle burglaries investigation. Massey was booked into OCC on 1 ct. Felony Theft, 1 ct. Simple Battery (warrant) and 1 ct. Failure to Appear (warrant).

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(4/4/19) UPDATE: Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Investigators have arrested two suspects in connection to more than 30 car break-ins. 

Investigators have arrested Jonathan Dakota McClain, 19, and Summer Renee Johnson, 22, on numerous charges of Burglary. These arrests follow the investigation into a rash of more than 30 vehicle burglaries which occurred the weekend of March 30-31.

Investigators have recovered some of the stolen property and are now in the process of contacting the victims and returning their property.

This investigation is continuing with more charges and/or arrests expected. 

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Several home surveillance videos are circulating on social media showing a burglars digging through cars in West Monroe. 

Over the weekend,  the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office said 27 vehicle burglaries were reported within a 15-mile radius.

Lisa Rieger said someone broke into her car too. 

“You could see my car door was cracked, and we went down there and everything was thrown all over the seat,” Rieger continued. “They got a GPS out of there and some Ray-Ban sunglasses.”

Rieger lives in the Deer Run Mobile Home Park in Calhoun. 
One of the areas OPSO said the thieves targeted. 

“His exact words were it look like it started in West Monroe and just came that way. That was the 14th one he had done at my house at 9 o’clock,” said Reiger. 

Authorities said the thieves also struck Harrell Road, the Pine Hills and Britton area and other hot spots. 
A scary thought for Rieger. 

“I have a porch light on all night long. If they will go into your cars while you are in the house while you are sitting there right there by your front door what else will they do,” said Rieger. 

She said her car doors were unlocked because they are busted. 
But, after this incident she’s getting them fixed to protect herself and her belongings. 

“It’s just sad that you have to be that way because growing up we left our doors unlocked and now you can’t even stay in your house during the day without your doors locked,” said Rieger.

The investigation is ongoing. We’re working to learn if any arrests have been made.  

Here’s a list of safety tips from the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office: 

·Always lock your vehicle

·Do not leave valuables, such as firearms, purses, GPS devices, cell phones, laptops, etc. in plain view inside the vehicle.  It is best to remove them when the vehicle is left unoccupied.  If that is not possible, at least hide them from sight.

·If shopping, lock the items in the trunk or hide them until you return home.  Then, remove them and take inside your home.

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