Posted: Jul 13, 2012 4:44 PM
Updated: Jul 13, 2012 4:50 PM
The Bossier Sheriff's Office arrested six persons Thursday for burglarizing houses in Haughton and Benton over the past few weeks.
Four adults and two juveniles were taken into custody after Bossier detectives found in one of the suspect's homes stolen goods from six known burglaries reported since June 21 in Haughton and Benton. Detectives also found four marijuana plants growing on the property.
"These arrests solved six reported residential burglaries in Bossier Parish, a testimony to the outstanding team of detectives we have," said Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington. "We will be able to give the stolen items back to the rightful owners, and I couldn't be more proud of the quick action by our detectives."
Arrested and transported to the Bossier Maximum Security Facility were (bonds are pending for all):
Jonathan A. Murphy
Michael J. Schultz
Christopher D. Keating
• Julian Holland, Jr, 29, of the 100 block of Anderson Road in Haughton - charged with six counts of Conspiracy to Commit Simple Burglary of an Inhabited Dwelling, Illegal Possession of Stolen things over $10,000, Money Laundering and Contempt of Court (warrant).
• Jonathan A. Murphy, 20, of the 500 block of Cahoon Street in Bastrop - charged with six counts of Conspiracy to Commit Simple Burglary of an Inhabited Dwelling, five counts of Simple Burglary of an Inhabited Dwelling, Illegal Possession of Stolen Things over $10,000 and Money Laundering.
• Michael J. Schultz, 22, of the 300 block of Whispering Pines in Haughton - charged with six counts Conspiracy to Commit Simple Burglary of an Inhabited Dwelling, six counts of Simple Burglary of an Inhabited Dwelling and Money Laundering.
• Christopher D. Keating, 22, of the 300 block of Parker Road in Haughton - charged with six counts of Conspiracy to Commit Simple Burglary of an Inhabited Dwelling, six counts of Simple Burglary of an Inhabited Dwelling, Illegal Possession of Stolen Things over $10,000 and Money Laundering.
Detectives determined that the burglaries were part of a way to fund a newly-formed gang the suspects called "Killer Kustoms," fashioned after the television show, "Sons of Anarchy." The suspects stole various items from homes, including televisions, laptops, computer monitors, guns, jewelry and various other electronics and then would sell the stolen goods; however, the burglaries quickly became a sort of an initiation for the local organized crime group, detectives found.
When the rash of burglaries was reported over the past couple of weeks, detectives worked quickly to identify the culprits. Acting on a tip, they conducted a search of Holland's residence Thursday that lead them to many of the stolen items. Inside a hidden compartment, detectives found stolen goods that were wrapped up in packages ready to be sold on the streets.
Retrieving the other items already sold to persons or pawn shops is a priority for detectives.
"Some of those items that were sold have been returned to us already, such as guns and televisions," said Sheriff Whittington. "We are also asking anyone who purchased items from any of these suspects to return them to the Bossier Sheriff's Office. We already know who the suspects sold the stolen goods to, so it's important they return the items soon to avoid facing criminal charges."
While many of the items seized from Holland's residence or those that have been returned to the Bossier Sheriff's Office can be matched to their owners, there are other items that can't be identified. Those arrested confessed to committing other burglaries, particularly in Princeton, Bossier City and Benton. "If you were a victim of a burglary in these areas or anywhere in Bossier Parish and have not reported it to the Bossier Sheriff's Office, please contact our detectives immediately," said Sheriff Whittington.
"Also, I'd like to remind folks to mark their belongings and then record serial numbers of those items and place that information in a safe location," said Whittington. "This will make it much easier for our detectives help identify your belongings in case they are stolen or possibly lost in a fire.
Anyone who has been a victim of a burglary or any other crime or those who purchased stolen items is asked to contact the Bossier Sheriff's Office at 318-965-2203 and ask to speak with a detective.
"These were all young suspects who decided to form a gang and commit a crime," Whittington said. "Why not group your efforts to do some good for the community, like help widows in your neighborhood or conduct a school or community cleanup. Do something productive, not destructive. The saying, "Crime doesn't pay" is so true, but helping others can truly be rewarding. But if you feel like committing crime in Bossier Parish, keep in mind that you will get caught, you will be arrested, and you will go to jail...period."