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NPSO arrest three in burglaries, theft valued up to $85,000

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NATCHITOCHES, La. (KALB News Channel 5) Natchitoches Parish Detectives arrest three men in burglary, theft investigation.

According to Natchitoches Parish Sheriff Victor Jones Jr., Detectives have arrested three men in connection with a series of burglaries and thefts in Natchitoches Parish dating as far back as Jan. 2012. Sheriff Jones said an investigation that began Nov. 20 led to the arrest of the suspects in burglaries and thefts valued at approximately $85,000.00.

The investigation began when the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Office received a report of a business burglary at the U.S. Forest Service work station on La. Hwy 117. Deputies learned from a U.S. Forest Service Law Enforcement Agent that several storage buildings on the property had been burglarized. Deputies said the locks had been cut off the buildings and chainsaws, radio batteries, sig bottles and several gasoline containers were taken.

NPSO said Patrol Deputies worked in conjunction with Detectives and developed persons of interest in the Robeline area of Natchitoches. Detectives obtained a search warrant for the residence of Justin Brister, located at 8446 Hwy 6-West, Robeline, La.

On Nov. 21, NPSO Deputies searched Brister's residence and discovered a male identified as Carmello Mayo Casciari II/Carmello Jones II in the back yard of the residence  in the process of cutting up a 16 ft. utility trailer for scrap iron.

Deputies said the search of the property led to the seizure of utility trailers cut up for scrap iron, radio batteries, cutting torches, chainsaws, gasoline containers, acetylene bottles, automotive tires and rims, suspected crystal methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.

Deputies arrested three suspects with prior felony criminal histories in Natchitoches Parish.

Justin Roy Brister, 25, of Robeline was booked into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center and charged with nine counts of Felony Theft, seven counts of Unauthorized Entry of a Place of Business, two counts of Simple Criminal Damage to Property, one count of Possession of CDS Schedule II Crystal Methamphetamine, one count of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia,  one count of Theft of a Motor Vehicle and one count of Criminal Trespassing.

Carmello Mayo Casciari II/Carmello Jones Jr.,  21, of Gorum was booked into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center and charged with seven counts of Unauthorized Entry of a Place of Business, two counts of Felony Theft, one count of Criminal Trespassing, one count of Possession of CDS Schedule II Crystal Methamphetamine and one count of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Christopher Brian Simmons, 32, of Provencal was booked into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center and charged with seven counts of Unauthorized Entry of a Place of Business  and one count of Criminal Trespassing.

Sheriff Jones said that after the initial arrests were made, detectives continued the investigation linking the suspects to additional thefts in Natchitoches Parish. Detectives said in most of the cases the items were cut up for scrap iron and sold at scrap yards in the Leesville, Rosepine, Zwolle and Coushatta areas.

According to Sheriff Jones, other arrests and charges are pending, and the NPSO Criminal Investigations Division is continuing the investigation. If you have any questions or information, please contact the NPSO Criminal Investigations Division at (318) 357.7830.

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