Alleged damage to property lands man behind bars

By Bonnie Culverhouse

Damaging property may be a sure way to jail bar walls instead of sheetrock, as one man found out recently.

Dontrell Dawayne Talley, 28, of the 800 block of Fincher Road, Minden, was arrested by Minden Police for felony simple criminal damage to property.

Minden Police Chief Steve Cropper said Talley was residing at a Minden Housing Authority (MHA) apartment with his girlfriend, although rental regulations forbid anyone other than the renter to live there.

“The leaseholder and her child are supposed to be the sole occupants of that apartment,” Cropper said. “Apparently, Talley has been living there for an extended unknown period of time.”

Exact dates, times and method of the damage is reportedly unknown, as no MHA personnel witnessed it. However, in a statement from the MHA director, damages total between $1,600 and $1,800.

“Talley was arrested on a warrant a few days later,” Cropper said. “During booking, Ofc. Jason Smith contacted me in reference to a case involving criminal damage to property in which Talley is a suspect.”

Smith and Detective Shane Griffith interviewed Talley, and he reportedly admitted he was responsible to damage to the apartment’s heater closet, stating a 4-wheeler struck it.

“Talley said he placed the wood in the outside air conditioner unit and during a dice game, an unidentified subject swung a fire extinguisher and damaged the door of the hot water closet,” said the chief. “Talley also admitted he cut a hole in the living room wall to install a blue tooth speaker, but he denied causing damage to the doors or window.”

Talley was booked at MPD and transported to Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center.

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