Shreveport K9 nabs alleged burglar dubbed 'Oil Slickster'

Published: Jan. 5, 2018 at 3:40 AM CST|Updated: Jan. 5, 2018 at 11:21 AM CST
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SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - A Haughton man dubbed the "Oil Slickster" burglar by the Bossier Parish Sheriff's Office is in custody after allegedly breaking into a south Shreveport business.

A police K9 found 48-year-old Ricko Ball, of the 1000 block of Vickie Lane, hiding in a bathroom at Summer Grove Auto Care in the 9200 block of Mansfield Road just before midnight Wednesday.

Ball was treated at University Health in Shreveport for the dog bite he sustained when he was arrested at 12:20 a.m. Thursday.

He was booked into Shreveport City Jail at 2:04 a.m. Thursday on one count of simple burglary.

Through their follow up investigation, SPD detectives were able to find evidence that allegedly linked Ball to four other burglaries in Shreveport.

  • December 28, 2017, in the 1300 block Captain Shreve Drive at Shreve Island Tire and Service
  • December 30, 2017, in the 100 block of Southfield Road at Fultz Mobile Service Center
  • January 1, in the 500 block of East Kings Highway at Take 5 Oil Change
  • January 3, in the 500 block of East Kings Highway at Broadmoor Garage.

Ball allegedly entered each business with force and took undisclosed items from inside. 
He was charged with four additional counts of Simple Burglary and remains in Shreveport City Jail.

Ball also is suspected of breaking into five separate Bossier City auto-related businesses.

Bossier City detectives say Ball faces even more charges after linking him to other multiple business burglaries including three at separate Valvoline Oil Change stores, one at an auto salvage yard and one at an auto repair shop.

All of the Bossier City burglaries connected to Ball took place over the past two months.

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