UPDATE: Ball man accused of additional burglaries in Echo, Poland areas

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Published: Jan. 20, 2023 at 6:05 PM CST|Updated: Jan. 27, 2023 at 4:46 PM CST
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RAPIDES PARISH, La. (KALB) - A Ball man who was previously accused of committing three burglaries in Pineville last year has now been accused of committing several other burglaries in the Echo and Poland areas in November 2022.

Anthony Lee Wells, 36, now has the following charges added against him: Four counts of simple burglary, three counts of criminal damage and one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. See our previous report below for more on the previous charges.

The Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office said cash, jewelry, tools, medications and firearms were taken in these burglaries. RPSO also noticed the method of entry was similar to the other burglaries in Pineville.

On Nov. 16, 2022, Louisiana State Police said a traffic stop was conducted with Wells and another individual. They said Wells fled on foot and eluded capture that day. While searching the vehicle, LSP located several firearms that had been reported stolen from the Echo and Poland communities. On Nov. 17, Wells was located in Avoyelles Parish and taken into custody on unrelated charges in the Rapides investigation

On Jan. 17, Wells was transferred from the Avoyelles Parish to the Rapides Parish Detention Center, where he was booked on the other outstanding charges.

Anyone with additional information can contact the RPSO Criminal Investigation Division at 318-473-6727.

For a cash reward, you can call Crime Stoppers of Cenla at 318-443-7867. The Crime Stoppers P3 Tipster app can also be downloaded to leave an anonymous tip and get a claim number for a cash reward. Crime Stoppers is a private, non-profit organization. It is not a law enforcement agency.

Ball man accused of committing 3 Rapides Parish burglaries

PINEVILLE, La. (KALB) - A man from Ball has been accused of committing three separate burglaries in Rapides Parish in October and November of 2022.

Anthony Lee Wells, 36, was booked into the Rapides Parish Detention Center on three counts of simple burglary on Jan. 17, 2023.

The Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office said it got word of the first burglary on Oct. 24, 2022, which was on Magnolia Road in Pineville. The victim had been gone for a few days and returned to find damage to the back door of their home. Several items were reported missing, including credit cards, private documents and some collectible silver coins.

RPSO then learned of the second burglary less than a mile away on Jag Road. Both of these incidents were deemed connected. RPSO said they were able to identify a possible suspect.

The final burglary was reported on Nov. 1 on Philadelphia Road. Again, the crime showed similarities to the previous burglaries.

After reviewing surveillance video and other evidence, RPSO said it deduced Wells as a suspect. However, he was arrested on Nov. 16 in Avoyelles Parish for other charges before being transferred to Rapides Parish on Jan. 17.

The investigation remains ongoing. Anyone with information can contact Detective Matt Dauzat, Criminal Investigations, Tioga Substation at 318-641-6010.

For a cash reward, you can call Crime Stoppers of Cenla at 318-443-7867. The Crime Stoppers P3 Tipster app can also be downloaded to leave an anonymous tip and get a claim number for a cash reward. Crime Stoppers is a private, non-profit organization. It is not a law enforcement agency.

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