On Wednesday, February 15, 2017 Officer Erica Fleming and Officer Jacob Malnar were patrolling the area of River Street at 2:02 am. Officers observed a blue mustang car with its brakes lights on located on the Southside of the Martin Chevrolet dealership. The Officers initiated a traffic stop to investigate the activity. Upon doing so, two subjects jumped into the vehicle and fled from the Officers. The Officers pursued the vehicle to the 59 South Bound Feeder at Fostoria Avenue. The vehicle stopped at this location where two males exited the vehicle. Officers were able to apprehend the passenger as the driver fled on foot.
Officers found that one of the vehicles stored at Martin Chevrolet had been burglarized. The stolen property was recovered from the inside of the suspect’s vehicle. Steven Lane Barnes, age 19 of Cleveland was arrested and charged with Burglary of a Motor Vehicle which is a Class “A” Misdemeanor. The driver has been identified and warrants of arrest are expected to be obtained for the driver within the next 24 hours.
Chief Broussard “I am very proud of our Officers. They always keep a close eye on our businesses. We want our citizens and business owners alike to sleep sound at night, knowing we are looking out for them. I always encourage our Officers to, slow down, look and listen. It’s a great way to catch a burglar in the act”