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K-9 helps police capture burglary suspects

Victor Johnson (Source: Shreveport Police Department Victor Johnson (Source: Shreveport Police Department
Roderick Vinson (Source: Shreveport Police Department) Roderick Vinson (Source: Shreveport Police Department)

Two burglary suspects are behind bars Thursday morning, thanks to Shreveport police and their four-legged partner.

Police received a call of a burglary in progress in the 5700 block of Bienville Avenue just before 1 p.m. Wednesday.

Witnesses claimed they saw what appeared to be two men stealing items from inside the residence and loading them into a maroon-colored Lincoln Town Car that had primer-colored front doors. Officers saw a vehicle matching the description of the suspects' car near the intersection of Prentiss Avenue and Conmar Street and tried to make contact with the vehicle's occupants. Both men fled from the car on foot, heading in opposite directions.

The men managed to elude authorities momentarily until one of the department's K-9's arrived on the scene and assisted in locating the fleeing suspects. Searching the area where the suspects were last seen, K-9 Mico and his handler, Cpl. Chris Yarborough, found 24-year-old Victor Johnson of Shreveport hiding inside a home in the 3000 block of Conmar Street. he was quickly apprehended and taken into custody.

Later, K-9 Mico tracked the second suspect, identified as 26-year-old Roderick Vinson, to a storage shed behind a home in the 2900 block of Valley Ridge Road. Vinson was found hiding inside the shed and was taken into custody.

Both suspects were treated for minor injuries sustained during their flight from police officers. Authorities found items stolen during the burglary inside the suspects' abandoned vehicle.

During their investigation, detectives also learned that just 25 minutes following the burglary, Johnson had already pawned a television that was allegedly stolen during the burglary.

Johnson and Vinson were booked into the Shreveport City Jail, where they face charges of burglary of an inhabited dwelling, theft and trespassing.

Police credit the quick arrest of the suspects largely in part to the cooperative efforts of concerned citizens who immediately notified authorities on their observance of suspicious activity.

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