Ambulance resident steals, returns vehicle

By Bonnie Culverhouse

A local man learned last week that even if you return a stolen vehicle, it’s still a crime.

Gerald Beene, 56, of the 1100 block of Shreveport Rd., Minden, was arrested June 6 by Minden Police for unauthorized use of a moveable and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

Chief Steve Cropper said Det. Shane Griffith conducted the investigation.

“He made contact with an employee at Advanced Ambulance, who advised on the morning of June 5 a subject with a dog is seen on video around 3 a.m., getting in a white Yukon that is a company vehicle,” Cropper said. “The subject cranked the vehicle and left the parking lot. At around 5:30 a.m., the vehicle was put back into the place it was before. The man exited it as an ambulance was exiting as well.”

An ambulance business employee reportedly told Griffith there were ambulances on the south side of the property that were not in use and that someone (Beene) was living in one of them.

“Det. Griffith looked inside the units and found one to be in total disarray,” said the chief. “He found pornographic magazines, condoms, dirty syringes, clothes and other miscellaneous items.”

The chief said after reviewing video footage, the detective was able to identify the subject as Beene. A short time later, Lt. Chris McClaran arrested Beene.

“Beene told the detective that he was on the property with a dog named White Man. He used the vehicle to go down toward Ringgold to pick up another subject. He took the keys from the vehicle when he returned and they were located on the back porch of a Weston Street residence,” Cropper said. “Then Beene identified items from the ambulance as belonging to him.”

Beene was booked and later transported to Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center.

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