Webster, Claiborne join forces to catch alleged burglar

By Paige Nash

Randall Tyler Sims finds himself behind bars again. The 18-year-old was arrested this past Thursday in connection to a string of burglaries that took place in Springhill and Haynesville. He is currently in custody at Claiborne Parish Detention Center. 

A little over two weeks ago seven Springhill businesses on and near Main Street were vandalized. Sims reportedly shattered the glass of the storefronts to gain entrance into the buildings. He allegedly attempted to steal money from the registers and was successful in getting into some, but not all the registers. DNA was reportedly collected from one of the businesses where Sims may have cut himself in the process of shattering a window.

Springhill Police Department said they did not have a solid suspect, until six businesses were burglarized early last week in the same manner. 

Springhill Police Department was able to join forces with Haynesville Police Department and Claiborne Parish Sheriff’s Office to bring in a suspect. They compared evidence, which included several snapshots of Sims caught on camera, and conducted an interview with Sims, who reportedly confessed to the crimes in both Springhill and Haynesville. 

“I would like to thank Chief Anothony Smith, Officer Will Wright, Sheriff Sam Dowies, Chief Deputy Brian Driskill and Detective Jay Perry for all the hard work that has been put into this investigation,” said Springhill Chief of Police, Will Lynd.  

Just this past October Sims stole a vehicle from Springhill Motors and made it to Winnfield before he was arrested by SPD.  

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