Update: ‘Ice Machine Bandits’ arrested

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Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington says the man and woman caught on surveillance video breaking into an ice machine and a storage unit self-pay kiosk have been arrested.

William R. Harris, 47, and Brittany N. Cowley, 29, of Kilgore, Texas, were brought into custody in Kilgore Tuesday morning by the Eastern District of Texas U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force, in conjunction with the West Louisiana Violent Offender Task Force.  They were transported to the Rusk County Jail, where they will chill while they await extradition to Bossier Parish.

REGIONAL — Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington says the man and woman caught on surveillance video breaking into an ice machine and a storage unit self-pay kiosk have been identified.

William R. Harris, 47, and Brittany N. Cowley, 29 (aliases of Oakes and Mullens), of Kilgore, Texas, are wanted for breaking into the Polarmatic Fresh Ice machine on Airline Drive in Bossier City late evening on Aug. 3 and the Willow Chute Storage kiosk a few minutes later just after midnight on Aug. 4.  Harris is also wanted for breaking into a coke machine at a Benton laundromat on Aug. 7.

Cowley

Both Harris and Cowley have been involved in previous theft and drug cases in Texas, and Bossier detectives say the couple is being investigated by other area law enforcement agencies for recent similar crimes. 

The second female seen on surveillance video at the Willow Chute Storage heist stills remains unidentified.

Harris

If you know the whereabouts of Harris or Cowley or know the identity of the second female in the storage unit heist, please call Bossier CrimeStoppers at (318) 424-4100 to submit a tip; find out more at www.bossiercrimestoppers.org.

You can also directly contact the Bossier Sheriff’s Office at (318) 965-2203, 24 hours a day. 

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