Bogalusa Police aid in arrest of wanted alleged scam artist

Published 8:32 am Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Working in conjunction with a U.S. Secret Service Task Force out of St. Tammany Parish, Bogalusa Police Department detectives recently apprehended a Virginia native wanted for credit card scams.

Authorities arrested Timothy Barrett, 36, on Feb. 8. Barrett listed his address as 1101 Warren St. Barrett was wanted in Chesapeake, Va., for credit card theft and fraud. He was also wanted by Virginia Beach, Va., police on a robbery charge.

Frances Burton, 31, was also arrested in the case. She was reportedly living with Barrett at the Warren Street address. She was charged with resisting an officer and accessory after the fact to convicted felon in possession of a firearm.

“A lady called from Georgia saying we had a wanted fugitive out of Virginia living here,” Bogalusa Police Chief Joe Culpepper said. “We executed a search warrant and located a gun inside the residence. That search warrant was limited to his person. Detectives saw computers in his house. My detectives, in conjunction with the Secret Service Task Force, went on another search warrant for the computers.”

Burton was charged locally with a convicted felon in possession of a firearm and resisting an officer through false booking information. He is also charged with being a fugitive from three outside agencies.

Barrett remained in the Washington Parish Jail as of Monday, but Burton is free after she posted a $10,000 signature bond.

“Kudos go out to Capt. Jeff Varnado and his shift,” Culpepper said. “A lot of work went into this.”

Other BPD officers involved in the case included Detective David Miller, officer Jeremy Stogner, Lt. Bubba McDaniel and Capt. Charlie Helton.

Bogalusa Mayor Wendy Perrette lauded the department.

I’m proud of these men for the great service and dedication to our city,” Perrette said. “I expect great things to come from this department.”

In an unrelated case, two Bogalusa men were arrested by city police on Feb. 12 after a string of vehicle thefts in the Terrace area.

Robert Lee Blackwell, 23, of Pearl Street, was arrested with his brother, Shelton Larue Blackwell, 29, who lives on Madison Street. They were charged with five counts of vehicle burglary. Three burglaries were reported on Sunset Drive, while others were on Wilmuth and Homochitto streets.

Items taken in the burglaries include a camera and case, a radar detector, a Kindle Fire tablet, two Garmin Street Pilots, an Apple notebook and cigarettes. Entry was made through unlocked car doors.

The Blackwells remained in the Washington Parish Jail as of press time Monday.