A man who reportedly led police on a chase after stealing several radiators is now behind bars.
Demetric Carey, 27, of the 500 block of Patrick Street in Minden, was arrested Wednesday, Dec. 23, for simple burglary, resisting an officer by flight, misrepresentation during booking and theft of a motor vehicle.
Capt. Dan Weaver, with the Minden Police Department, says around 4 a.m. they received a call in reference to a person being inside the fence at Wilson’s Auto Sales on Lee Street.
“A person called in and said they thought they saw a person inside the fence,” he said.
“When officers got there, they observed a black male inside the fence area. The male jumped the fence and began to flee the scene.”
Weaver goes on to say following a short chase, Sgt. Joel Kendrick and Officers Jesse Cutrer and Terry Stephens apprehended the suspect. When he was apprehended, police asked his name, which he refused to give, Weaver said.
“He was identified as Demetric Carey,” he said. “Officers went back to the area where he’d jumped the fence and found 15 car radiators at a value of about $100 each on the outside of the fence. Carey later admitted that he’d taken the radiators and admitted to the burglary.”
Weaver says he was arrested for simple burglary for taking the radiators, resisting an officer for running from police and misrepresentation during booking for giving a false name.
“We’ve had some other burglaries and I talked to him about those burglaries during the interview,” Weaver said. “After talking to him, I let him use the phone. He called his place of employment and while listening to the phone call, he states that his work vehicle is parked off Pershing Street.”
He says he called Slack Enterprises, where Carey claimed to be employed, and verified Carey was indeed employed there. However, Weaver says he was told Carey did not have a work vehicle. The employer then checked his inventory and told police he was missing a 2011 Hyundai Accent.
Weaver says after some investigation, they found the vehicle in the parking lot at Wilson’s Auto Sales.
“That vehicle was recovered and Demetric Carey was again interviewed, and he admitted to taking the vehicle without his employer’s permission,” Weaver said. “He was charged on the additional charge of theft of a motor vehicle.”
Carey was then booked at the Minden Police Department and transported to Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center.