Man arrested after auto theft from Shreveport business

Man arrested after auto theft from Shreveport business
David Neathery, 51

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - A man is facing charges after police say he stole a truck in south Shreveport Sunday afternoon.

The owner of Waterworks Irrigation in the 500 block of Mount Zion Road called the police just before 3:30 p.m. because he believed one of his company vehicles may have been stolen. He told police he got a text alert notifying him that his truck was moving.

The victim and officers went to the business and confirmed that the vehicle was gone as well as a utility trailer loaded with tools and equipment.

He used a GPS app to guide officers to the vehicle at Interstate 49 and West 70th Street. Officers were able to get the vehicle stopped and detained the male driver.

Officers and the owner reviewed video footage of the burglary and learned that in addition to the alleged theft of the truck and trailer the suspect was seen attempting to enter multiple vehicles, a storage shed and then siphoning gasoline from another vehicle.

The suspect then placed the gasoline into another company vehicle that had a diesel motor which caused damage to the engine.

Investigators were able to identify the suspect as 51-year-old David Neathery.

After interviews with detectives, Neathery was charged with two counts of simple burglary, resisting an officer, auto theft, attempted auto theft, illegal possession of stolen things, two counts of criminal property damage, and a fugitive warrant out of Georgia.

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