One Juvenile and One Adult Suspect Arrested in Louisiana in Connection with Multiple Vehicle Burglaries, Theft of a Firearm, and Identity Theft
Rapides Parish, Louisiana – Two suspects, one juvenile and one adult, were arrested in Louisiana in connection with multiple vehicle burglaries, the theft of a firearm, and identity theft.
The Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office reported on April 17, 2023, that on April 2, Patrol Deputies responded to the 1000 block of Philadelphia Road in Deville, Louisiana, in relation to multiple vehicle burglaries that had been reported. Upon arrival, deputies made contact with the complainants, who stated that their vehicles had been burglarized and several goods were stolen, including a firearm, early that morning. The initial reports were taken by deputies, and the cases were assigned to the Kolin Sub-station Detectives for further investigation.
Investigators started their investigation and followed up with victims after discovering fraudulent debits from their bank accounts. Detectives Police were able to get security footage of the possible suspects at local eateries and were eventually able to identify the suspects, one of whom was a juvenile. The adult suspect was identified as James Waylon Tedder, 18, of Deville, Louisiana by detectives. Investigators reportedly established sufficient probable cause and obtained a search warrant for Tedder’s home in the 1000 block of Philadelphia Road, where stolen property from the burglaries was discovered.
Detectives then obtained arrest warrants on Tedder for 6 counts of Simple Burglary, 4 counts of Criminal Conspiracy, 4 counts of Criminal Trespassing, 2 counts of Theft of a Firearm, 12 counts of Identity Theft of less than $300, and 9 out of state felony warrants through Virginia. Tedder was later located at his residence on Philadelphia Road and taken into custody without incident and booked into the Rapides Parish Detention Center. The juvenile suspect in the case was cited and released to their family.
Tedder is currently being held in jail on a $43,000.00 bond at the time of this release.
Officials stated that this is still an active investigation and that other arrests may be made. Anyone with additional information regarding these crimes is asked to contact Detective Jared Salard, Criminal Investigations Division, Kolin Substation, at 318-483-1837.
An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged. All persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty.