Three suspected in string of thefts

Staff reports
James Michael Abshire

Ascension Parish deputies arrested three Livingston Parish men suspected in a string of thefts, according to Ascension Parish Chief Deputy Tony Bacala.

The thefts in both Ascension and Livingston parishes involved four-wheeler, golf cart and lawn mower thefts, Bacala said.

Ascension deputies responded to a report of several men trying to steal a lawn mower on Gold Place Road in St. Amant at around 4 a.m. April 28, according to Bacala.

He said the caller also provided a description of the vehicle that was being driven by the thieves which was a black truck pulling a white box trailer.

Deputies spotted the suspects’ vehicle in the area and, after stopping it, they identified the occupants as Denham Springs residents, Bacala said.

Two of the individuals were questioned and gave different stories about what they were doing at that time of the morning in St. Amant, according to the chief deputy.

After further questioning, it was learned that they were involved in a number of thefts and as a result, a search warrant was obtained for a location in Livingston Parish, Bacala said.

When the search warrant was run, 12 stolen ATVs, a golf cart, a John Deere law tractor were recovered, he said.

Five of the ATVs and the golf cart were identified as having been stolen from Ascension Parish, according to Bacala. He said detectives also learned that some property that had been recently stolen had already been sold.

All three men have been charged with six counts of felony theft and possession of burglary tools in Ascension Parish, Bacala said. They were identified as:

• Eric Lee Forest, 27, of 13814 Valley Creek Rd., Denham Springs;

• Vincent Ray Gray, 19, of 13288 Dot Lee Dr., Denham Springs;

• James Michael Abshire, 26 , of 13814 Valley Creek Rd., Denham Springs.

Bacala said the three were transferred from the Ascension Parish Jail to the Livingston Parish Jail so they could be processed on criminal charges there also.

Vincent Ray Gray