08/04/2022 – RECOVERY OF STOLEN FIREARMS AND A MISSING WAGON

RECOVERY OF STOLEN FIREARMS AND A MISSING WAGON

 

Several stolen firearms and other items recently taken in the Moncla area have been recovered by the Avoyelles Parish Sheriff’s Office (APSO) Detectives.  The juvenile suspects have been identified and arrests are pending.  All of these victims were happy to get some of their stolen property back.  One of those stolen items recovered was a wagon belonging to Mrs. Sandra Divers.

On the morning of August 4, 2022, APSO Detectives brought Mrs. Divers’ wagon back to her and she stole our hearts.  Look at that smile.  That is why we do what we do.

Sheriff David L. Dauzat wants the People of Avoyelles to know that we work hard for you and we are thankful for any tips received from the public.  He is also proud of, and thankful for, the Deputies and Detectives for staying alert, being vigilant, and working as a team.  If anyone has information about thefts, burglaries, or any other crime in Avoyelles, please contact the Avoyelles Parish Sheriff’s Office at 318-253-4000.

See photo below:

Mrs. Diver and her Wagon

07/15/2022 – Increased Criminal Patrols

Increased Criminal Patrols

Sheriff David L. Dauzat increased criminal patrols in Avoyelles Parish.  These Criminal Patrol Units will on occasion patrol the Parish in addition to the regular shift of Patrol Deputies on duty. We recognize that sometimes the Patrol Deputies are so busy responding to calls for service that additional focused Criminal Patrols are needed.  The Criminal Patrol Units will focus on identifying suspicious persons in high crime areas, burglars, drug interdiction, and the apprehension of wanted criminals, violent offenders, and sex offenders.  On July 1, 2022, the additional Criminal Patrol shift implemented resulted in the following:

  • Six (6) Arrest Warrants executed (3 Felony Warrants, 1 Misdemeanor Warrant, and 2 Fugitive Warrants.)
  • One (1) Arrest for Possession of CDS Schedule II and Drug Paraphernalia
  • Three (3) Traffic Stops
  • One (1) Traffic Citation (Head Lamps Required / Suspended D. L.)
  • One (1) Field Interview of a suspicious person in an area with a high number of recent burglaries.

Our budget has been tight and we have worked hard to provide the very best service with the funds we have available.  We have recently submitted a request for a grant to cover the additional expenses of these extra Criminal Patrol Units.  The Red River Delta Project Priority Committee has recently recommended we receive those funds.  These funds will provide for the additional Criminal Patrol Units needed to better serve our Parish.

Sheriff David L. Dauzat remains committed to putting thieves in jail, taking illegal drugs off our streets, and apprehending wanted criminals, violent offenders, and sex offenders.

07/08/2022 VEHICLE BURGLARIES – UPDATE

VEHICLE BURGLARIES – UPDATE  

After months of investigating several vehicle burglaries, on June 2, 2022, the Avoyelles Parish Sheriff’s Office (APSO) arrested a 17-year-old juvenile subject involved in vehicle burglaries in the Hessmer and Mansura areas.  Through our investigation, we have identified approximately 16 residences in these areas where these perpetrators attempted to burglarize or successfully burglarized unlocked vehicles.  We have made contact with all of the victims.  APSO Detectives are also assisting the Hessmer Police Department with 2 residences in that town that we learned may have been victimized by these perpetrators.

So far, the juvenile was arrested for the offenses of Simple Burglary. The investigations are ongoing, and we are attempting to identify several more subjects involved.  As the investigations move along, more arrests will be forthcoming.

Sheriff David L. Dauzat wants you to know that we are working hard behind the scenes and asks anyone that has information about thefts, burglaries, or any other crime in Avoyelles, to please contact the Avoyelles Parish Sheriff’s Office at 318-253-4000.

07/01/2022 – Have a Happy and Safe 4th of July Weekend

Avoyelles Parish Sheriff David L. Dauzat and his staff would like to wish you a happy and safe 4th of July.  Please be safe with the fireworks, your outdoor activities, and as you travel on this holiday weekend.

Happy Birthday America!  May we have lasting years of freedom, peace, and prosperity for all citizens of the USA.

07/01/2022 – Domestic Violence Victims

Domestic Violence Victims   

Avoyelles Parish Sheriff David L. Dauzat would like to notify Domestic Violence Victims in Avoyelles Parish that they do not have to stay a victim and continue to live like that.  Domestic Violence usually escalates over time and can become deadly.  Please see the attached hotline information, and the informative website https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/adult-health/in-depth/domestic-violence/art-20048397 to help you recognize the patterns and seek help.

We have and will continue to provide information like this to keep you safe and do what we can to help stop violence in Avoyelles Parish.  Be safe.

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National Hotline
National Hotline

06/23/2022 – Active Shooter Training

Active Shooter Training   

Avoyelles Parish Sheriff David L. Dauzat would like to notify everyone in Avoyelles Parish that this week the Avoyelles Parish Sheriff’s Office conducted Active Shooter Training at the Fifth Ward Community Center.  If you saw a large police presence and unusual police activity there, it was just training.

APSO Staff and other local law enforcement agencies trained together in a simulated active shooter incident scenario at the old Fifth Ward High School.  The training focused on response and tactics during an active shooter incident.  Hopefully, this training will never be needed in a real-life incident, but if duty calls, we will be able to respond to such an emergency.  You can be assured that, in light of recent events in the news, our response to such an incident will be swift and sure, without delay or cowardice.  We will protect our teachers and children.  We pray that our community never has such an incident.

The following agencies participated in the training exercise:

Avoyelles Parish Sheriff’s Office

Marksville Police Department

Plaucheville Police Department

Tunica-Biloxi Tribal Police

 

See the following photos:

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06/22/2022 – New Law on Booking Photos

New Law on Booking Photos   

Avoyelles Parish Sheriff David L. Dauzat would like to notify everyone in Avoyelles Parish that due to the passage of House Bill No. 729, the Avoyelles Parish Sheriff’s Office will start to limit the release of booking photos when people are arrested for nonviolent crimes.

Under the new law, with a few exceptions, we will be prohibited from publishing booking photographs when someone is arrested, and until they are convicted.  The new law provides exemptions which include fugitives, if it will assist in the apprehension of the person, if that person is an imminent threat or danger to another person or the public, per a Court-Ordered Release, and individuals charged with a crime of violence, sex offenses, and cruelty to animals.

All booking photos, regardless of the seriousness of the offense, will be subject to release once the offender has pleaded guilty or is convicted of crimes related to their arrests.

As a law enforcement agency, we have and will continue to provide this information to the public as the laws of Louisiana permit.  In the past, present, and future, all persons named or shown in photographs and/or videos as suspects in a criminal investigation, or arrested and charged with a crime, have not yet been convicted of that criminal offense and all persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

06/16/2022 – APSO SEEKING ASSISTANCE IN IDENTIFYING A BURGLARY SUSPECT

APSO SEEKING ASSISTANCE IN IDENTIFYING A BURGLARY SUSPECT

The Avoyelles Parish Sheriff’s Office (APSO) is requesting assistance from the public in identifying a person involved in a burglary that occurred in the Marksville, LA area.  If you have any information pertaining to this burglary suspect, please contact APSO by calling 318-253-4000. Any assistance or information pertaining to this burglary, or the identification of the person shown in the photographs, would be greatly appreciated.

Strong relationships between our agency and the communities we serve are critical to maintaining public safety and effective policing.  We rely on the cooperation of community members and concerned citizens to provide information about crime in their communities and neighborhoods.  Please help us prevent and solve crime in Avoyelles Parish.  Working together we can make our Parish a better place to live.

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06/13/2022 – Beware of Scammers – Recent Mail Scam

Beware of Scammers – Recent Mail Scam

Avoyelles Parish Sheriff David L. Dauzat would like to warn you that scammers are apparently pretending to be affiliated with law enforcement officers/agencies and call or mail residents to get their money.

The Sheriff’s Office was recently made aware that there have been mailings made in attempts to defraud citizens of funds.  It has been reported that the scammers mailed the targeted victim with a letter that displayed “RE: DAUZAT SHERIFF, Purchase date of 07/2020, Potential lapse of warranty coverage” insinuating the letter is valid or credible to trick people.  Close inspection of the mailing will reveal they seek to sell you American Home Protect “coverage”.

Sheriff David L. Dauzat wants you to know we will in no case ask that a citizen purchase home protection coverage, extended vehicle coverage, or any other similar type of coverage.  We do not conduct this type of business and citizens should be very cautious not to provide any personal or financial details to them.

One of the numbers that the reported scammers have listed is 1-855-277-3562. If you Google search this “company’s” phone number, you will see multiple scam alerts. Often these criminals use spoofed numbers or “burner” phones.  The numbers that they call from may change frequently to avoid detection.

 

We would like to offer a few tips to spot and avoid scams.

 

Types of Mail Fraud:

Fraud against Older Americans, Sweepstakes and Lottery Fraud, Telemarketing Fraud, Financial Fraud, etc.…

Types of Scams:

IRS Imposter Scams, Online Dating Scams, You’ve Won Scams, etc.…

 

TIPS TO AVOID PHONE SCAMS

  • Don’t answer a call from a number you do not recognize. Let it go to voice mail and then listen to it later.
  • Robo-callers are used to verify that your number is a working number, which opens you up to receiving other scam calls.
  • If you do answer and it’s a Robo-caller or believe it to be a scam, just hang up without saying anything. Don’t press any buttons or give any information.

 

HOW TO SPOT A MAIL SCAM

Mail scammers will try to get you to cooperate with their scheme in various ways – ranging from exciting offers to intimidating threats. Regardless of their message, the goal of a mail scam is to get you to either send money or provide your personal information. Any fraud that uses the U.S. Mail — whether it originates in the mail, by phone, or online—is mail fraud.

Below are common warning signs of a mail scam:

  • A claim that you have been specially selected
  • A request that you “confirm your personal information”
  • A request for payment by means other than a credit card – including cash, gift card(s), wire transfer, or private courier
  • Use of suspicious official-looking documents or fake government seals
  • A request for your credit card or other payment method for “shipping and handling”
  • Use of threats if you don’t comply – even the threat of arrest

 

As an additional reminder, the Avoyelles Parish Sheriff’s Office will never call to demand immediate payment over the telephone, or any of the following:

  • Call or email you to verify your identity by asking for personal or financial information.
  • Ask for your credit or debit card numbers over the telephone or email.
  • Demand that you meet someone to make a payment away from the window at the administrative offices.

If you recognize these warning signs and suspect a scam, file a complaint with the U.S. Postal Inspector Service (mail), The FBI (internet), The Louisiana Attorney General’s Office (phone), The Avoyelles Parish Sheriff’s Office, or your local law enforcement agency.

See below for scam reporting websites:

https://www.uspis.gov/report

https://www.ic3.gov/Home/FileComplaint

https://www.ag.state.la.us/Contact

 

See photos of a recent mail scam in Avoyelles.

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O6/13/2022 – Burglary and Theft Prevention Tips

Burglary and Theft Prevention Tips

 

Avoyelles Parish Sheriff David L. Dauzat wants to help reduce your chance of having a burglary to your home or vehicle. The most important thing you can do is call the police to report a crime or any suspicious activity. You are the eyes of your neighborhood and a large part of our community policing efforts.  The following are a few tips to prevent and/or increase the solvability of these crimes:

  • Keep a detailed inventory of your valuable possessions, including a description of the items (make, model & serial number), date of purchase, and original value, and keep a copy in a safe place away from home — this is a good precaution in case of fires, floods or other disasters too.
  • Make a photographic or video record of valuable belongings. Your insurance company may provide assistance in making and keeping your inventory.
  • Mark your valuables with your name or driver’s license number with an engraver. Marked items are harder for a burglar to dispose of and easier for police to recover.
  • Items such as Firearms, TVs, Video Game Consoles, Lap Tops, Tablets, Electric Tools, Outdoor Power Equipment, Wallets, Jewelry, Safe/Fireproof Box, Prescription Drugs, and money are the most frequently stolen items. Take the time to record their information, photograph, conceal and mark these items.
  • Make your home look occupied, and make it difficult to break in.  Install deadbolt locks on all your outside doors.  Lock all outside doors and windows before you leave the house or go to bed.
  • Keep your garage, shed and shop doors closed and locked.
  • Don’t share your travel, trips, and vacation plans on social media.
  • ATVs, Lawnmowers, Generators, Utility Trailers, and Bicycles are best locked, secured, and stored out of sight.
  • Use curtains or blinds on garage and shop windows.
  • Have adequate exterior lighting. Motion-sensitive lights are recommended on porches, in carports, and near garage & shop entrances.
  • Make sure your door hinges are on the inside.
  • An alarm system is excellent for home security.
  • If you have a home alarm system, use it! Activate your alarm system — alarm systems are only useful when you remember to activate them.
  • A Surveillance Camera System can also be of great assistance to police investigators.
  • Never leave keys under doormats, flowerpots, mailboxes, or other frequently used hiding places — burglars know where to look for hidden keys.
  • If you get new information on the crime, update the police as soon as possible.

 

If Your Home Is Broken Into:

If you come home to find an unexplained open/broken window or door:

  • Do not enter – the perpetrator may still be inside.
  • Use a phone to call the police.
  • Do not touch anything or clean up until the police have inspected for evidence.  You may accidentally destroy valuable evidence.
  • Write down the description and license plate numbers of any suspicious vehicles.
  • Note the descriptions of any suspicious persons or possible suspects.
  • Provide a list of stolen items (including make, model, and serial numbers) to the police as soon as possible.

 Car Burglaries (how to avoid them):

  • Do not leave valuables (GPS devices, laptops, PDA’s, cell phones, wallets, purses) in plain view.  Always conceal these items.
  • Don’t leave purchased merchandise in your parked vehicle where it can be easily seen. Conceal these items also.
  • Do not leave windows or sunroof open.
  • Do not leave doors unlocked.
  • Do not leave keys in the vehicle.
  • Do not leave the garage door opener in plain view.
  • Do not leave out items with personal information.
  • Do not move valuable items to the trunk while in public view.

 

While these tips won’t guarantee you will not become a victim of crime, they will hopefully reduce your chances of becoming a victim, and if you become a victim, it will increase our ability to solve it.  We may not be able to prevent them from choosing your home or car, but we may be able to make them regret their decision.  Together we can prevent and solve many of these crimes.  Be aware.  Be safe.  Be smart.