A burglary at the Summerville Grocery and Deli on Halloween night was quickly solved by the investigation of detectives with the LaSalle Parish Sheriff’s Office, according to Sheriff Scott Franklin.
Franklin said the Sheriff’s Office received a call at 7:39 p.m. on Halloween night in reference to a burglar alarm activation at Summerville Grocery.
When officers arrived on the scene, they discovered that someone had thrown a large rock through the side glass door of the business, entered the store and taken a large amount of cigarettes from behind the counter.
LaSalle Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives were called to the scene of the crime and began an investigation. After receiving a tip from a concerned citizen, detectives developed a lead on the vehicle involved in the burglary.
The following morning, detectives arrived at a residence in Nebo and found a vehicle matching the description of the suspected car used in the burglary.
The detectives were allowed inside the residence to speak with occupants, Amber Boyette Holton, 34, Tyler Lee Holton, 17, and Robert Ed Smith, Jr., 24. Detectives then questioned them about the incident at Summerville Grocery.
The detectives requested and received consent to search the residence, and discovered some of the stolen property from the burglary inside the residence. A search of the suspect vehicle produced more stolen articles. All three individuals were placed under arrest and transported to the LaSalle Parish Sheriff’s Office for further questioning.
Once there, the trio reportedly confessed to their part in the burglary of Summerville Grocery and Deli. Also, during the same interview, all three reportedly admitted their involvement with the attempted theft of three large central air/heat units at the Shady Grove Pentecostal Church in Nebo. This attempted theft occurred prior to the Summerville incident on Halloween day.
Amber Holton, Tyler Holton and Robert Ed Smith were each booked into the LaSalle Parish Jail on charges of simple burglary of a place of business and attempted felony theft.
A $20,000 Bond was set for each of them.
Another Burglary Solved
LaSalle Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives were called to Leroy’s Tire and Service Center, located on Highway 8 just west of Jena, on September 27th in reference to a burglary.
Detectives discovered that someone had broken into the business and had taken several items including a large flat screen television, a Bose Wave radio, and a small amount of cash.
The suspect(s) had also broken into the office annex, located next door to the shop, and taken a larger amount of cash from the office. They had also taken a handgun from a vehicle parked at this location for service work.
Detectives developed leads during the investigation, which soon led to a residence in the Midway Community. Upon arrival at the residence, detectives met with the owner and were allowed inside for an interview. While inside the home, detectives noticed some items that matched the description of the stolen items (flat screen television and Bose Wave radio) in the living room.
During questioning, the owner of the residence gave detectives information about the identity of the person who brought these items to his residence.
Armed with this information, detectives obtained warrants for the arrest of Delvin Hatcher, Jr., age 20. On November 3, Hatcher was arrested and charged with simple burglary of a place of business and booked into the LaSalle Parish Jail where he is awaiting a bond hearing.
Sheriff Franklin commended the detectives for solving the Halloween burglary so quickly, and for the solid investigation and solving of the Leroy’s Tire and Service Center burglary.
“Our impact on drug traffic in LaSalle Parish has reduced the number of burglaries being committed. All crime in the parish has gone down about 45 percent during the past three years,” Franklin noted.
“But when a burglary is reported, we work non-stop to find those responsible and hold them accountable,” the Sheriff stated. “And as I have said in the past, we sincerely appreciate the involvement of our concerned citizens who notice things and report them to us, which makes solving these crimes easier.”
“We encourage anyone that witnesses anything unusual taking place to notify our office,” he said. “We take these reports seriously and many times they aid us in solving a crime.”