WPSO arrests Sibley man for burglaries

By Bonnie Culverhouse

A Sibley man, in trouble with the law, has changed addresses from a Bossier Parish jail to Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center.

Webster Parish Sheriff’s investigators arrested Damon Leon Prothro, 48, of the 200 block of NE 4th Ave., Sibley, for simple burglary.

Sheriff Jason Parker said Prothro is a suspect in at least three burglaries last year of a Webster Parish asphalt and gravel business.

“The first time, we didn’t have any idea who it was,” Parker said. “The company put out cameras and the second time he went in there, he stole the cameras.”

But the third time was the charm for WPSO.

“The third time, we relocated the cameras and were able to get a picture of him and his truck,” the sheriff said.

Prothro reportedly stole more than $216,000 in machine parts, scrap iron and tools.

“He was stealing what he thought was scrap iron,” Parker said, “But he was taking a very expensive piece of machinery or equipment that is used to crush asphalt.”

Once Prothro was identified, WPSO learned Minden Police were working a burglary of scrap iron from a bulk plant on Bayou Avenue. 

“They have him as a suspect on that,” the sheriff said. “When we were looking for him, Bossier was arresting him on drug charges. So, he’s been in Bossier Max. He just got released yesterday, so we were able to charge him here.”

Sheriff said people are desperate.

“Whatever they can get their hands on, and they know they can make a dollar off of it, they’re going to get it,” he said.

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