HAUGHTON, LA (KSLA) - Two convenience store burglars have been captured in a joint effort by Bossier deputies and Haughton police officers.
Deputies say the burglars broke into the Neighbor’s Travel Plaza Exxon on Hwy 157 and stole about $2,500 worth of cigarettes early Sunday morning.
The suspects have been identified as Gayland Brown, 38, and Amanda Vineyard, 38, both of Henderson, TX.
Investigators say Brown threw a brick through the rear glass door to gain entrance to the store. Once inside he took large amounts of cigarettes and loaded them into their car while Vineyard was waiting in the back.
As Bossier patrol deputies were responding to the scene of the burglary, a Haughton Police patrol unit pulled the duo over.
The officer initially noticed the vehicle’s license plate was folded and unable to read. A Bossier deputy joined the traffic stop after a Haughton PD K-9 alerted for suspected drugs in the vehicle.
“The heads-up action in making that traffic stop by the Haughton officers proved beneficial in quickly solving this burglary,” said Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington.
“Our patrol deputies, detectives and crime scene investigators were quickly processing the crime scene to find out who the culprits were. Fortunately, the traffic stop made by Haughton PD goes to show how observant police work can really make a difference.”
Brown was charged with Simple Burglary, Improper Display, Possession of Schedule I (Marijuana), Possession of Schedule II (Methamphetamine), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Driving Under Suspension, and Illegal Possession of Stolen Things. His bond has been set at $23,000.
Vineyard has been charged with Principal to Simple Burglary and her bond was set at $15,000.
Bossier detectives are continuing their investigation,