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|New Roads man held in recent burglaries|
A New Roads man was arrested Friday and charged in connection with several burglaries in the parish.
Cornelius J. Kelly, 23, was arrested at Budget Inn in Vidalia after burglarizing Wendy's, Popeye's, Home Hardware and B.J.'s Car Wash in Vidalia hours earlier.
"It looks like the arrest of this suspect will clear up most of the recent major burglary cases in Ferriday, the burglary of Three Rivers Co-op on the Ferriday-Vidalia Highway and Ferriday Farm Equipment on Lake Drive, as well as the early Friday morning burglaries of several Vidalia businesses," said Sheriff Randy Maxwell.
Vidalia Police Chief Billy Hammers said Meri Gray of the Vidalia Police Department matched Kelly's prints with other prints found in burglaries in Ferriday.
Hammers said Vidalia Police Officer Robert Douglas discovered the break-in at B.J.'s at 3 a.m. Friday morning and further investigation led to break-ins at other businesses.
Hammers said the police department received a call of suspicious activity at Budget Inn Friday morning.
"We found someone who had checked in at 9 a.m., which was unusual and went to that room and found the suspect in the bathtub," Hammers said.
Hammers credited Vidalia Police Officers Chuck Hall, Delane Bush, Arthur Lewis, Terrence Williams and Jamie Lipscomb in catching Kelly.
Maxwell credited Jeanette Winborne with the District Attorney's Office and Concordia Parish Sheriff's Office Investigator Jack Fletcher for their work on the case, along with CPSO narcotics officer Lt. Greg Jackson and Ferriday PD Investigator Johnny Evans.
"I know that Evans and Fletcher worked their hearts out on this on-going case," Maxwell commented.
"The public also played a critical role in this, as often happens," the
Sheriff emphasized. "Input from the public is often crucial to solving a case."
Maxwell further credited Vidalia Police Department officers for their assistance and quick action on Friday morning as the burglary case expanded to the Vidalia area.
"This investigation showcases what can happen when agencies from various areas of the parish truly cooperate with one another," Maxwell stated.
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