By Bonnie Culverhouse
A Claiborne Parish man is in trouble locally for attempting to steal from a local discount store.
Kevin Boyd, 45, of the 600 block of South 2nd Street, Homer, is charged with felony theft, possession of crack cocaine, drug paraphernalia and resisting an officer by flight.
Minden Police Chief Steve Cropper said Off. Ben Sparks, Ofc. Anthony Miller and Ofc. Jason Smith were dispatched to the store on Homer Road around 6 p.m. Monday.
“An employee was pointing toward the gas station where a subject matching Boyd’s description was walking,” Cropper said. “Off. Sparks gave loud verbal commands for the man to stop, but when Boyd turned around and saw the officer, he began to run.”
Sparks reportedly pursued and tackled the suspect. Miller secured his hands while Sparks placed him in handcuffs.
“Officers found two wrist watches and a tri-fold wallet inside his pockets. They had not been paid for,” said the chief. “They located a small baggie containing four rocks of crack cocaine weighing 0.5 grams. A pipe used to smoke cocaine was also located in his pockets.”
Witnesses said Boyd placed approximately $550 worth of merchandise in a shopping cart and walked past the checkout registers toward the exit.
“When he was confronted by an employee, he walked out of the exit door without the merchandise, attempting to flee from the employee,” Cropper said.
Boyd reportedly has a lengthy history of theft and burglaries, the most recent in Claiborne Parish from 2017.
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