2 arrested following burglary of Benton gun store
BOSSIER PARISH, La. (KSLA) — A Pineville man is awaiting extradition to Bossier Parish to face charges in connection with the burglary of a gun store.
Salih Romelo Reed is being held in Rapides Parish Detention Center on charges unrelated to the theft of about 63 guns Nov. 14 from Guns-N-Ammo in the 5600 block of Benton Road.
Reed’s bonds total $812,500 on nine counts of contempt of court, two counts of being a fugitive and one count each of home invasion (aggravated assault), second-degree battery, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and flight from an officer, booking records show.
His bonds on charges arising from the Bossier burglary total $320,000. That’s the same amount of bonds set for Jessica Moore, who also faces charges in connection with the gun store break-in.
Bossier sheriff’s deputies who responded to an alarm going off at Guns-N-Ammo Store found the store had been broken into through a hole cut in the roof, authorities report.
One of the intruders avoided the business’s metal detectors by walking on the store’s hanging lights, detectives said. Surveillance camera video shows a man putting guns in a bag then putting the bag at the front door without triggering the alarm, authorities said. He then can be seen grabbing an armful of guns as he leaves the store, which set off an alarm. A getaway car was waiting for him at the door.
The store’s owner told Bossier sheriff’s detectives that about 63 weapons had been taken. Authorities said they were able to use security camera video to help them identify Reed and Moore.
The two quickly were arrested; however, detectives still are searching for the stolen guns.
Reed and Moore both were booked into the Rapides Parish Detention Center, the Alexandria lockup where Reed remains in custody. Moore later was transferred to Bossier Maximum-Security Facility at Plain Dealing. Her bonds there total $320,000.
Bossier Parish authorities urge anyone with any information about the gun store burglary to call the Sheriff’s Office’s criminal division at (318) 965-3418.
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