Man goes to jail for stealing father’s truck

By Bonnie Culverhouse

Stealing a vehicle is never a good idea, but stealing one that belongs to your father will still land you in jail.

Steven Cooper, 40, of the 600 block of Hwy. 531, was arrested June 15 by Minden Police. He is charged with theft of a motor vehicle.

According to Chief Steve Cropper, Sgt. Mitch Hackett and Lt. Chris Hammontree were dispatched to the residence where Cooper’s father told them his truck was missing.

“He said the last time he saw the vehicle was around 8 p.m. Tuesday,” Cropper said. “He told officers he believed his son had broken the lock on his shop in order to gain entry into the residence, but he only noticed his vehicle was missing a few minutes before he contacted us.”

Cooper’s father reportedly signed a report June 15.

“The victim contacted Detective Keith King and told him Cooper was at his home and the vehicle was back at the residence,” said the chief. “When officers arrived, he showed them the truck parked on the side of the residence. He gave officers permission to enter the residence to find Cooper.”

Steven Cooper was arrested, booked at Minden Police Department and transported to Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center.

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