One Suspect Arrested and Police Searching For Another From Houston in Connection with Burglaries in Multiple States Including Louisiana

By Orion Blake
Published August 22, 2023

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Ascension Parish, Louisiana – One suspect has been arrested and police are searching for another from Houston in connection with burglaries in multiple states, including Louisiana.

Sheriff Bobby Webre announced that detectives from the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office Property Crimes Unit began an inquiry into a burglary at Hutch’s Hardware on Hwy 621 in Gonzales, Louisiana on Tuesday, June 6. They discovered roughly $10,000 worth of power equipment had been stolen. With help from law enforcement agencies in Texas, Tennessee, Alabama, and Louisiana, detectives named two suspects — 22-year-old Gary Simmons II and 22-year-old Kiana Stewart, both from Houston, Texas. The investigation revealed that the pair had jointly participated in numerous burglaries across several states.

Detectives have secured arrest warrants for Simmons and Stewart. Simmons is currently held in Brazos County Jail in Bryan, Texas. He is slated for transfer to the Ascension Parish Jail and will face charges related to burglary and felony theft not exceeding 25k. Stewart, however, is still on the run. Once apprehended, she will face charges for plotting a burglary and conspiring to commit felony theft not exceeding 25k.

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.