Brought To You By Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office
On October 24th, 2022, Patrol Deputies responded the 6000 block of Magnolia Road in Pineville, LA in reference to a burglary. Upon arrival, deputies made contact with victim who stated that they had been gone a few days and on their return, noticed damage to the back door of their residence. Upon further investigating, the victim noticed several items in their residence were missing, including credit cards, private documents and even some collectable silver coins. Deputies took the initial report and Sheriff’s Detectives from the Tioga Substation followed up the investigation.
Sheriff’s Detectives began their investigation and learned of another reported burglary in the 1000 block of Jag Rd in Pineville, LA. With the 2 residences being less than a mile apart, Detectives were able to identify a suspect and conclude that both burglaries were connected. While the investigation was still ongoing, another burglary was reported at the 500 block of Philadelphia Rd on November 1st, 2022. Detectives responded to that residence and found similarities in the burglary and also concluded that it would be connected to Jag Road and Magnolia Road burglaries.
Through their investigation, and with the help of video surveillance and evidence collected at the scenes, Detectives were able to identify the suspect as Anthony Lee Wells, 36 of Ball, LA. Detectives were able to established sufficient probable cause to obtain arrest warrants for Wells for one count of Simple Burglary. On November 16th, 2022, Wells was taken into custody in Avoyelles Parish for out of parish charges and Rapides Detectives placed a detainer on him for active warrants for RPSO.
On January 17th, 2023, Wells was transported to the Rapides Parish Detention Center where he was booked on the outstanding warrants as well as warrants for the burglaries that occurred on Magnolia and Philadelphia Road.
Sheriff’s Detectives say this is still an active investigation and more arrests could be made. If anyone has any information about these crimes, please contact Detective Matt Dauzat, Criminal Investigations, Tioga Substation at 318-641-6010.
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Arrestee: Anthony Lee Wells, 36
496 Burma Road, Ball, LA
Charges: 3 counts Simple Burglary