Ouachita Sheriff’s Investigators Arrest Two in Burglary Investigation
During the investigation of a business burglary in Ouachita Parish, Ouachita Sheriff’s Investigators learned a suspect, Jonathan Vestal, age 32, Eros, La., was in possession of a stolen UTV side by side and was wanting to sell it. Investigators set up a meeting of undercover deputies and the suspect to buy the UTV at a location in Ouachita Parish. The suspect then met the deputies to sell the UTV to them. At that point, the suspect was arrested and charged with Illegal Possession of Stolen Things. The UTV had been reported stolen to the Jackson Parish Sheriff’s Office and was recovered.
While conducting the follow up investigation, it was determined Vestal had been in possession of a Harley Davidson motorcycle that had been taken, along with tools, in the Ouachita Parish burglary. The suspect had allegedly known the motorcycle was stolen and had taken it to Union Parish. Vestal was also found to be in possession of some of the stolen tools. As a result, the motorcycle was recovered and the suspect was charged with two additional counts of Illegal Possession of Stolen Things. A second suspect, Roy D. Walker III, age 29, West Monroe, was identified and found to be involved with Vestal and in the possession of some of the stolen tools as well. Walker was arrested and charged with two counts of Illegal Possession of Stolen Things.
Both Vestal and Walker have been booked in OCC on the charges. The investigation is continuing and more charges are expected.