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Minden man arrested for 5 burglaries

by Minden Press-Herald



A Minden man has been arrested in connection with several burglaries in the area.

Willie Ira Miller, aka “Bubba,” 27, of the 700 block of Cherry Street, was arrested Tuesday, Jan. 5 on four counts of burglary, theft of utilities, possession of stolen property, possession of Schedule III CDS, a fugitive from the Webster Parish Sheriff’s Office and a probation and parole hold. On Wednesday, Jan. 6, he was arrested for an additional count of burglary.

Minden Police Chief Steve Cropper said the Evergreen Vocational Building, located at 401 Shaw Drive, was broken into Monday, Jan. 4.
During the investigation, Cropper said Miller became a suspect and Capts. Dan Weaver, Marvin Garrett, Lt. Richard Cooper, Det. Keith King and Officer First Class Chris Hammontree traveled to his residence on Jan. 5 to arrest him on a warrant from the sheriff’s office.

Cropper said in plain view at Miller’s residence were pills, along with several old coins and paper bills from the Evergreen Vocational Building burglary.

“At the time of his arrest, they learned Miller was in possession of a stolen light meter at his house, stealing electricity,” he said.
Police discovered he was in possession of stolen property from three other burglaries, one at Hamburger Happiness on Sibley Road, Mamie Bell’s Specialty Store on Main Street and a vehicle burglary that occurred on Lewis Street, Cropper said.

Miller was then transported to police headquarters where he reportedly claimed responsibility for those four burglaries.

Following his arrest, Weaver and Garrett obtained a search warrant to conduct a more thorough search of Miller’s home. During the search, they located property reportedly from another vehicle burglary on Sibley Road.

Weaver, Garrett and Lt. Wayne Young went to Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center, where Miller was incarcerated on the Jan. 5 charges, and added an additional count of burglary.

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