Two arrested on theft charges, accused of stealing, pawning yard tools


A Minden man and woman are accused of breaking into a storage building and stealing and pawning yard tools worth thousands of dollars.

Marcus Tremaine Elkins, 31, of the 600 block of Sunset Lane, was arrested Tuesday, Jan. 12, for felony theft and two warrants through the Minden Police Department, one for illegal possession of stolen things and another for theft by fraud. A probation and parole hold was also placed on him.

Lawrencetta Brown, 35, of the 400 block of Fort Street, was arrested on two warrants through the Minden Police Department on the same day for theft by fraud and illegal possession of stolen things.

Minden Police Chief Steve Cropper says on Friday, Jan. 8, the victim called police and told them the storage building had been broken into, and a trimmer, mower and blower had been stolen.

“The victim was able to supply officers with serial numbers for the stolen items: a Stihl gas blower, a Stihl gas trimmer and a Snapper push mower,” Cropper said.

The case was turned over to Det. Chris Cheatham who located two of the three items that were stolen at a pawnshop in Minden.

The chief says Cheatham was able to identify the suspects, Elkins and Brown. Both were arrested the same day.

“Brown was picked up on a warrant for theft by fraud which stems from them pawning stolen property to the pawn shop,” he said, “and the illegal possession of stolen things was for having possession of the stolen items when they were pawned.”

Elkins was charged with felony theft, Cropper continued, because of the theft of the three items, theft by fraud for pawning the three items and illegal possession of stolen things for being in possession of the stolen items at the time they were pawned.

Brown and Elkins were transported to Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center after they were booked at police headquarters.



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