Bike-riding man tagged for 8 vehicle burglaries in Morgan City
MORGAN CITY, La. — A 31-year-old Morgan City man was arrested this morning for eight counts of simple burglary of a vehicle after Morgan City police responded to a report of a suspicious person on a bicycle traveling toward Railroad Avenue, Morgan City Police Chief Travis Crouch said in a news release.
Bryant W. Francois, 31, of Everett Street in Morgan City, was arrested at 4:31 a.m. today for resisting arrest, illegal possession of stolen things, eight counts of simple burglary of a vehicle, illegal carrying of weapons and possession of burglary tools.
Officers were dispatched to Myers Tires in reference to a suspicious person and were given a description of the suspicious person who was said to be on a bicycle and headed toward Railroad Avenue. The complainant continued to provide information to Morgan City police until the suspect was out of sight.
Officers responded to the business while others searched the area and discovered evidence that vehicles had been burglarized at the business. Officers searching the area located Francois riding a bicycle at Railroad Avenue at Eleventh Street.
When asked to stop, Francois refused to stop his bicycle and rode past officers, Crouch stated. Officers then ordered Francois to stop and he did so. When officers made contact with Francois, he refused to cooperate with them and would not remove his right hand from his right front pants pocket, Crouch stated.
When he did remove his right hand from his pocket, he pulled out a metal pipe with pointed studs on one end, and dropped it to the ground, Crouch stated. Officers searched him and his possessions, a back pack, and found him to be in possession of rubber gloves, a hammer and a flathead screwdriver, Crouch stated. Officers also found property bearing the names of owners of vehicles which had been burglarized at Myers Tires, Crouch stated.
Officers found eight vehicles that had been burglarized at Myers Tires.
Francois was taken to the police department and held. No bail was set at the time of the report.