Rapides Man Arrested

Rapides Man Arrested on Felony Theft Charge

A 36-year-old Rapides Parish man was arrested last Saturday, February 8, 2014 and charged with felony theft in LaSalle Parish, according to LaSalle Sheriff Scott Franklin.

Bradley Vance Ryder, 36, of 46 Front Street (Deville Community) in Pineville, LA, was arrested for illegal possession of stolen items, which is a felony.  LPSO detectives began investigating Ryder, after he was stopped for traffic violations several weeks earlier.

Ryder was driving a 1-ton work truck pulling a flatbed trailer, neither of which were insured or had proper registration. Ryder was stopped as he pulled out of Hunt Oilfield Road, an area that has been the focus of several theft investigations in the last several months.

Deputies noticed that Ryder had a black Chevrolet pickup truck with Colorado tags on the flatbed trailer. Deputies’ suspicions were aroused when Ryder and his passenger gave conflicting answers to pointed questions.  The deputies then contacted LPSO detectives to investigate further.

Bradley Ryder was ultimately arrested during this traffic stop for traffic infractions, but immediately bonded out of jail. Several weeks later, LPSO detectives received information from the Rapides Parish Sheriff’s office that the black Chevrolet pickup truck that Ryder was hauling that day was in fact, stolen out of Rapides Parish.

Warrants were issued for Ryder on January 30, 2014 and last Saturday, Ryder was arrested and booked into the LaSalle Parish Jail on the charge of illegal possession of stolen items.

As of press time on Monday, February 10, 2014, Ryder remained in jail awaiting a bond hearing on this charge.

Sheriff Franklin commended the officers involved in this case for being alert when spotting the truck originally.

“We have had a lot of thefts of oilfield equipment in the Nebo area, as well as other parts of the parish,” Franklin noted. “Our deputies are always on the alert when they notice anything that seems suspicious in these areas.”

“We want to send notice out to anyone who might have the thought of stealing oilfield equipment and supplies that we are on the watch for this type of activity,” he said. “And I would encourage any citizen who notices anything suspicious in these areas of our parish to give our office a call immediately.”