APD: 2 arrested, 1 wanted in organized theft and burglary ring

ALEXANDRIA, La. (APD Press Release) - The Alexandria Police Department has arrested two suspects and is searching for one more in connection with a series of burglaries and thefts in the city. The investigation dates back to September.

Kevin Harris, Tonya Roy, James Wise (APD)

According to police, on November 7, police responded to a report of two stolen vehicles from a business in the 5500 block of Coliseum Boulevard.

Video surveillance from the business showed the suspects entering the lot and stealing keys to a car and a truck before driving off in them. The following morning, around 1:00 a.m., Ofc. Helminger of APD Patrol Shift-Delta was patrolling in the area of Monroe Street and Bolton Avenue and saw the stolen truck. Ofc. Helminger attempted to stop the vehicle, at which point the driver fled the scene in a highly reckless manner.

After a short vehicle pursuit, the driver abandoned the vehicle in the driveway of a home in the 2500 block of Jackson Street and fled on foot. The suspect attempted to elude Delta Officers on foot but was quickly apprehended in the backyard of the same house. He was identified as James Wise, 39, of Glenmora. Wise was charged with two counts of theft of a motor vehicle, aggravated flight from an officer, resisting an officer, and driving under suspension. He was booked into the Rapides Parish jail.

Detectives investigating Wise’s activity were able to link together several other burglaries and vehicle thefts. APD detectives contacted detectives with the Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office and Pineville Police Department to obtain search warrants on houses in Pineville and an unincorporated area outside the city limits of Alexandria. During the joint search of the Pineville home, located in the 500 block of Webster Street, officers found tools that had been stolen from a burglary of the City of Alexandria Motor Pool on October 1. During the joint search of a home in the 1700 block of Ulster Street, in the Kellyland neighborhood, officers found stolen property from multiple burglaries and thefts, guns with obliterated serial numbers, equipment for producing counterfeit money, drugs, and drug paraphernalia.

A female suspect, Tonya Roy, 35, of Alexandria, was charged with three counts of theft of a motor vehicle, and one count each of aggravated burglary, possession of CDS II, and contempt of court. Two other suspects on the scene on Ulster Street were charged with unrelated warrants. As the investigation progressed, detectives were able to identify and obtain an arrest warrant for Kevin Harris, 34, of Pineville, for burglary and theft charges related to the break-in at the Alexandria City Motor Pool, as well as other crimes.

“This is stellar work by multiple law enforcement agencies,” said Chief Jerrod King. “I want to recognize Detective Branton and Detective Rodney, as well as their supervisor, Sergeant Whitstine, for the hard work and long hours they put in that led to the arrest of Tonya Roy. I also want to commend Officer Helminger for his vigilance while on patrol, and all of Patrol Shift-Delta for great teamwork apprehending James Wise. I look forward to announcing that additional suspects are taken into custody.

“Once again, we have a case where we have relied on cooperation and assistance from neighboring agencies, and as always, they have come through for us. Criminals don’t follow jurisdictional lines, and when we follow where an investigation leads, we often need to ask our partners in law enforcement for their help, and they have always been eager to provide it. Thank you to Sheriff Hilton and the Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office, and Chief Weatherford and the Pineville Police Department.”

If you see Kevin Harris or know of his whereabouts, you are asked to contact the Alexandria Police Department Detective Division at (318) 441-6416, or after hours call APD Dispatch at (318) 449-5099.

The investigation continues and more arrests are anticipated.

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