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NPSO: Man arrested after breaking into a Church

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NATCHITOCHES, La. (KALB News Channel 5) Man arrested after investigation of burglary at a Church in Natchitoches Parish.

According to the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Office, Detectives have arrested a musician at a North Natchitoches Parish Church after he allegedly broke into the building in Dec. 2013.

On Dec. 15,  Deputies assigned to the NPSO Patrol Division and Criminal Investigations Division responded to a reported burglary of the St. Matthews Baptist Church on Five Forks Road. NPSO said Deputies discovered that the suspect entered by breaking glass and stole two JS 15-inch speakers valued at $600.

On Dec. 23, NPSO said Detectives interviewed the church musician identified as Antonio Rashard Johnson Sr., 29, at the NPSO Criminal Investigations Division. According to NPSO, Johnson said that he was aware of the burglary and confirmed the stolen speakers belonged to him. Detectives said Johnson denied any involvement in the burglary.

During the interview, detectives voluntarily obtained Johnson's fingerprints for comparison with ones collected at the crime scene. NPSO said on Jan. 6, Caddo Parish CSI and Shreveport PD CSI Detectives confirmed the latent prints collected by detectives matched Antonio R. Johnson Sr.

After obtaining a criminal warrant, detectives made contact with Johnson on Jan. 29 and requested that he report to the Criminal Investigations Division. Johnson allegedly informed detectives that he was not going to turn himself in to authorities.

On Feb. 8,  Sgt. Shane LaCaze and Deputy Justin McDonald located Johnson at his residence and arrested him without incident. NPSO said Johnson was booked into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center and charged with one count of Felony Criminal Damage to Property and one count of  Felony Probation Violation in Rapides Parish. Johnson had prior burglary arrests, including burglary of a religious building.

According to NPSO, the investigation is continuing.

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