By Bonnie Culverhouse
A south Webster Parish man is behind bars on multiple charges.
Roy E. Jackson Jr., 39, of the 100 block of Melvin Thomas Rd., Doyline, was arrested by Minden Police for felony theft; possession of marijuana, ecstasy, 2 counts of clonazepam, hydrocodone and drug paraphernalia; and obstruction of justice.
Police Chief Steve Cropper said Off. Jared McIver was dispatched to a hardware store on Homer Road just after noon Monday in reference to a theft.
“The officer made contact with the store owner who advised that a suspect stole a set of keys and was currently inside the store,” Cropper said. “The same subject had returned to the store multiple times over the past few days, using the keys to steal items from the store.”
Cropper said the stolen items had already been reported to Minden Police.
“When the officer entered the store, the owner pointed out the suspect who was later identified as Jackson,” said the chief. “The officer placed him under arrest. He voluntarily handed McIver the keys to the store. A search of Jackson’s person produced a stolen lithium battery and assorted pills. While searching Jackson’s belongings, the suspect obtained the pills where they had been placed on a shelf and tried to destroy them.”
McIver reportedly recovered the pills.
The chief said Jackson’s vehicle was in the parking lot. A search reportedly showed a suspected marijuana cigarette lying on the dash.
“Several items were reported stolen from the hardware store,” Cropper said. “Camera footage showed each incident.”
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