Man allegedly steals from businesses to support drug habit

By Bonnie Culverhouse

Webster Parish Sheriff’s Criminal Investigative Division has arrested a local man for breaking into a business and stealing items for his drug habit.

Michael Joe Reeves, 50, of the 300 block of Penal Farm Rd., Minden, is charged with 2 counts of simple criminal damage and simple burglary and an outstanding warrant for illegal possession of stolen things.

Sheriff Jason Parker said a local business on La. Hwy. 531 reported a break-in on April 16.

“The suspect entered the building by breaking the front door glass with a large stone causing almost $400 in damages,” said Parker. “Upon entry, the suspect took a power washer and three leaf blowers valued at more than $1,450.”

On April 29, a Sibley Road business reported a break-in where the suspect entered the same way, causing $800 worth of damage.

“The suspect took a garden tiller valued at more than $275,” said the sheriff. “On May 30, detectives Phillip Krouse and Tommy Kemp interviewed Reeves in reference to both break-ins. He admitted to breaking into both locations, stating he has a ‘very bad crack cocaine addiction’ and was stealing the items to support his habit.”

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