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NPSO arrest two in outboard motor theft

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Nathaniel Beaudion Nathaniel Beaudion

NATCHITOCHES PARISH, La. (KALB News Channel 5) -Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Deputies have arrested two men in connection with the theft of an outboard motor in the Melrose area, according to Natchitoches Parish Sheriff Victor Jones Jr.

On Wednesday April 16 at approximately 7:53 a.m., deputies assigned to the NPSO Patrol Division responded to a reported theft in the 1100 block of La. Hwy 484 near Melrose, La.

Deputies said upon their arrival and talking with the complainant, they learned that a Minn Kota Endura C2 outboard trolling motor valued at approximately $300 had been stolen from the complainant's boat within the past several weeks.

Deputies processed the scene, discovering physical evidence left at the crime scene.

NPSO High Tech Crime Unit detectives assisted in the investigation identifying Steven Raphiel as a suspect in the case. Raphiel reportedly lived approximately one-quarter of a mile from the crime scene, stated NPSO.

Based on sufficient evidence and probable cause, deputies obtained a criminal arrest warrant signed by a Tenth Judicial District Court Judge for Raphiel's arrest.

On Wednesday afternoon at approximately 5:00 p.m., deputies went to a residence in the 1200 block of La. Hwy 484 near Melrose, La.,in efforts of serving the warrant.

After arriving, deputies believed Raphiel exited the residence just prior to their arrival.   Deputies then began a search of nearby woods, observing Raphiel walking along a wood line.

Deputies took Raphiel into custody without incident.

Steven Elijah Raphiel, 19, of Natchez, was transported and booked into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center charged with 1-count of Theft less than $500.

During the arrest, deputies also obtained additional information that led to an additional arrest in the case.

Nathan Lee Beaudion, 27, of El Paso, Texas was booked into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center on Wednesday afternoon at approximately 6:18 p.m., charged with 1-count of  Principle to Theft less than $500.

Both subjects who have prior arrests remain in the Natchitoches Detention Center awaiting bond.

The outboard motor has not been recovered.

Deputies say other arrests are pending as the investigation continues.

NPSO Patrol Shift "B" was assisted by the NPSO High Tech Crime Unit Detectives.

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