BPD makes multiple burglary arrests

Published 11:45 pm Thursday, February 13, 2014

The Bogalusa Police Department recently made arrests in several burglary cases, and the investigations helped clear a couple of burglaries in Mississippi and also led to information on another local burglary.

Capt. Kendall Bullen said two of the Bogalusa burglaries occurred at Holloway Electric on Davenport Avenue.

After the first burglary, in which thousands of dollars worth of copper wire was taken, detectives suspected an employee but had no evidence, Bullen said.

That changed a few weeks later when the business was hit again.

“During the investigation of the second Holloway burglary we were able to prove the employee, Ronald Steven Cotton, was involved,” Bullen said.

Scrap metal was taken in the second burglary, as was the surveillance system the owner had installed after the first burglary.

“The surveillance system was recovered in Cotton’s possession when they were in the process of trying to sell items at Rome’s Recycling,” Bullen said.

“They” includes Sabrina Batten Lewis, who confessed to both Holloway burglaries and gave the names of others involved in the first one, he said. Besides Lewis and Cotton, Jacob Provost and Justin Provost are accused of being involved.

“In the process of the investigation it was learned that Cotton and Lewis also burglarized a residence that same day,” Bullen said.

Cotton and Lewis were both arrested and charged with three counts of burglary. Jacob Provost and Justin Provost were each charged with one count of burglary.

But the crime solving didn’t stop there.

While investigating the Holloway burglaries BPD detectives obtained information that led them to recover property and to get an arrest warrant for a suspect in the burglary of a storage shed on Avenue K. That person has not been arrested, and police would not release his name.

Investigators also helped clear some burglary/theft cases in Pearl River County, Mississippi, to which the suspects in the Holloway burglaries had connections, Bullen said.

Two additional burglaries were also solved recently with the arrest of Steven C. Taylor, who is charged with burglarizing the home of his mother and brother on two occasions, Bullen added.

Taylor was charged with two counts of residential burglary and theft by fraud.

All of the named suspects are residents of Bogalusa.