Deputies charge man with multiple burglaries

Published 12:00 am Friday, October 14, 2005

VIDALIA, La. &045; Concordia Parish sheriff’s deputies have arrested a man they believe committed a number of burglaries in recent weeks.

Jefferey Allen Gilmore, 44, of 123 Bailey Circle, Ferriday, was arrested Saturday night and charged with multiple counts of burglary, attempted burglary, aggravated criminal damage to property and parole violation, a CPSO official said.

Gilmore allegedly attempted to break into a local convenience store early Saturday morning, but fled when a burglar alarm sounded. Deputies got descriptions of the suspect and the vehicle he was in at the scene. Deputy Amos Coley spotted the vehicle at a trailer park near Ferriday later in the day.

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Investigator David Hedrick went to the trailer and examined the vehicle, a van, which had scrapes consistent with the evidence from a recent break-in at Bug Busters in Vidalia, in which a vehicle was used to break down two sets of doors.

A background check showed an extensive criminal history with charges of burglary in three states and a charge of assault on law enforcement officers. After obtaining a search warrant, Hedrick

and members of the CPSO Special Response Team entered the trailer, where they arrested Gilmore with little incident, Sheriff Randy Maxwell said.

Gilmore is also suspected in several recent burglaries being investigated by the Ferriday Police Department, which is working with the sheriff’s office in an ongoing investigation. More charges may be filed against Gilmore in coming days, Hedrick said. Deputies recovered a number of stolen items from recent burglaries in the trailer and van.