Police have revealed the reason for the heavy police presence at a Bossier City apartment complex Thursday: A joint investigation into counterfeit checks and identity theft that led to 2 arrests.
Police swarmed the Cloverdale Apartments in the 2200 block of Shed Rd. in Bossier City early Thursday afternoon, including members of the Bossier City Police Department's S.W.A.T. team. At the time, Bossier City Spokesman Mark Natale would only say that officers were executing a search warrant.
On Friday, Natale released a statement saying that the warrant search involved detectives with the Bossier Financial Crimes Task Force and Caddo-Shreveport Financial Crimes Task Force, and it was all was part of a joint investigation involving law enforcement on both sides of the Red River.
Natale says the execution of the search warrant on Thursday was spearheaded by members of the Bossier City Police Department's S.W.A.T. team and resulted in the recovery of numerous checks, driver's licenses and other identification documents that appeared to be stolen from individuals and businesses in several states, including Louisiana, Texas and Oklahoma.
According to Natale, the investigation led to the arrest of two people who are accused of passing thousands of dollars in stolen and counterfeit checks at local businesses.
William Travis Holmes, age 38, and Crystal Dawn Troutman, age 35, both of Bossier City were arrested Thursday on charges of monetary instrument abuse and identity theft. It was at Troutman's apartment that the search warrant was executed.
"We found a lot of documents in that apartment with people's personal information on them," says Bossier City Spokesperson Mark Natale.
Natale says all of the people whose personal information was used to make the fake checks will be contacted.
Holmes and Troutman are accused of cashing bogus checks amounting to several thousands of dollars at businesses in Bossier and Caddo parishes over the past few weeks. Both were booked into the Bossier City Jail and later transferred to the Bossier Parish Maximum Security Facility. Holmes also faces similar charges in Caddo Parish.
Detectives with both task forces are continuing their investigation which will likely include the involvement of multiple out-of-state law enforcement agencies due to the evidence recovered from Troutman's apartment.
Natale is urging all residents to take extra precaution in keeping your personal information safe. "If someone gets a hold of your personal information then in many cases the sky can be the limit," says Natale.
This is an ongoing investigation and more arrest could be made.
Sunday, August 31 2014 3:28 PM EDT2014-08-31 19:28:29 GMT
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