Reward Offered in Two Recent Crimes
A $5,000 reward through Crimestoppers is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of person(s) responsible for two recent crimes in LaSalle Parish, according to an announcement made Monday by LaSalle Sheriff Scott Franklin.
The first crime was the damage caused to the Searcy-Little Creek Fire Station by a shooter(s) sometime during the past week or so. Firemen responding to a fire early Monday morning of this week discovered the shooting and damage. Sheriff Franklin said someone shot as many as 20 times, maybe more, through the bay doors, hitting at least three of the five fire trucks inside the building. The shooting occurred sometime within the last ten days as firemen had a meeting at the station about ten days ago. The newest pumper truck, which cost about $200,000, was damaged so bad it would not start at the time of Monday’s fire. Fire Chief Josh Corley said firemen are still trying to figure out how much damage has been done to the other units and the building. No estimate of damage had been determined as firemen and sheriff office investigators were still working on the crime.
The other crime occurred during the night last Friday, July 27, with a rash of acts of vandalism reported in the Pleasant Hill and Aimwell area, as well as along Hatchery Road. Sheriff investigators said mailboxes were destroyed, deer stands and feeders destroyed on the Didley Hunting Club, gates to pastures were opened letting livestock out onto the highways, along with other acts of vandalism. Investigators said based on information they have been able to obtain, the suspects were driving UTVs and/or ATVs. More than $1,500 in actual damage is estimated at this time, authorities report.
Crimestoppers of LaSalle Parish is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone involved in either of these crimes. If you have any information, call the LPSO at 992-2151. Remember, you never have to give your name. Sheriff Franklin urges anyone that has any information to please call and report it. “Those who would destroy public property and property of individuals must be held accountable,” he said.