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Sheriff: Thefts solved by arrest

Friday’s arrest of Colby Ahmad Johnson, 20, of Otis Bickham Road north of Franklinton, solved several parish crimes, including the burglary of a business on Highway 438, according to Chief Deputy Mike Haley of the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office. Johnson’s crimes also involved juveniles who were arrested and charged also.

Haley said that WPSO Det. Demmie Rice conducted the investigation that led to Johnson’s arrest and the recovery of stolen items, including handguns and a four wheeler. All stolen items were returned to their victim owners, Haley said. Other officers were involved in responding to the crimes, including Det. Capt. Tom Anderson, Lt. Michele Clayton, Sgt. Michael Thomas and Deputy Chance Johnson.

Colby Johnson was booked into the Washington Parish Jail and charged with burglary, unauthorized entry of an inhabited dwelling, theft of firearms and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. His bond was set at $7,500.

“This is an excellent example of a team effort that resulted in a good outcome,” Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal said. “Although our officers may be involved in responding to various crimes, they work together, compare notes, identify suspects and then move on to an arrest. I couldn’t be more pleased with the hard work of all of our officers.”