Cody Willis: BPSO

Two men are jailed and face multiple vehicle burglary charges following a joint investigation with detectives from the Bossier Sheriff’s Office, Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office, and Shreveport Police Department.

Cody Blake Willis, 21, of Bossier City, and Melvin Richard Lewis, 24, of Shreveport, have been charged with more than 30 counts of vehicle burglaries thus far for crimes committed in various locations in Bossier Parish and Caddo Parish.

Bossier and Caddo patrol deputies were already on the lookout in early October because of vehicle burglaries in both parishes. With support by BSO dispatchers and IT personnel, Bossier patrol deputies were able to locate a vehicle occupied by Willis and Lewis in the Haughton area around 5 a.m. on Oct. 8 that led to a high-speed pursuit…and soon, the capture of these thieves.

When deputies tried to stop Willis and Lewis, they sped down Highway 80 with speeds in excess of 110 miles per hour. Louisiana State Police also aided in the pursuit. The two were eventually stopped near the 2100 block of Scott Street in Bossier City –  A gun was found in plain view between the driver and passenger seats.

The pair was detained and questioned at the Bossier Sheriff’s Office detective’s office, where they admitted to multiple vehicle burglaries in various subdivisions, in which they stole credit cards, cash, jewelry, car keys, guns and other items. The neighborhoods they burglarized were Forest Hills, Old River Place, Olde Oaks and Waters Edge.

In Caddo Parish, officials with the Sheriff’s Office say the pair faces charges for vehicle break-ins in the 3700 block of Mallard Bay Circle. Willis and Lewis are accused of entering an unlocked truck to steal bank cards, a driver's license, and social security card. A second unlocked vehicle was entered where a bank card, credit cards, driver's license, social security card, and $500 cash were taken. The bank cards were used at various stores and casinos in Shreveport-Bossier causing a loss of more than $6,400.

UPDATE: (10/15/2020)

Alexa Robinson
Dewayne Jones, Jr.

Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington says two more burglars were arrested Wednesday in connection with multiple vehicle burglary cases that saw two others previously arrested a few days ago.

Dewayne Jones, Jr., 19, of Shreveport, was arrested by Shreveport Police Department Wednesday and transported to the Bossier Maximum Security Facility Thursday morning. Bossier detectives charged Jones with 17 counts of Simple Burglary (Theft from a Motor Vehicle) with a bond of $170,000.

Alexa Robinson, 18, of Bossier City, was arrested by Bossier Sheriff’s Office patrol deputies Wednesday. She was charged with 16 counts of Simple Burglary (Theft from a Motor Vehicle), and her bond is set at $160,000 bond.

Jones and Robinson were arrested in connection with burglaries recently committed by Cody Willis and Melvin Lewis. Willis and Lewis were previously arrested and incarcerated at the Bossier Max.·

 

In all these cases, the vehicles that were burglarized were unlocked. Detectives encourage residents to make it a habit to check your vehicles each evening (or day) to ensure they are secure and valuables out of plain site.

BSO detectives say additional charges are pending, and further arrests of other suspects are also expected as the investigation continues. They also say other agencies are also investigating Willis and Lewis for similar crimes.