A burglar who was wanted for stealing weapons and other items from a residence in Webster Parish late last week was apprehended after leading law enforcement officers on a high speed chase and attempted escape into the woods in northern Bossier Parish.
Ira Lee Reynolds, 29, was arrested about noon Friday after he led law enforcement officers on a high-speed pursuit westbound on Highway 2 just before crossing into Caddo Parish. A Plain Dealing police officer spotted Reynolds’ vehicle and gave chase, but Reynolds fled at a high rate of speed before ditching his vehicle just before crossing the Red River on Highway 2.
Law enforcement officers from the Bossier Sheriff’s Office, Webster Parish Sheriff’s Office, Plain Dealing Police and Bossier Parish Commercial Vehicle Enforcement set up a perimeter while K-9 bloodhound teams from Bossier and Caddo initiated foot pursuit. A short time later, Reynolds was captured by Bossier Sheriff’s deputies and brought into custody without incident about one-quarter mile into the woods. He was unarmed.
Reynolds’ vehicle was impounded, and when deputies executed a search warrant on his vehicle, they found numerous weapons and stolen items that he had taken from the residence in Springhill that morning.
“I’m extremely proud of the cooperation between the different parish and city law enforcement agencies in capturing this burglar,” said Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington. “Criminals don’t adhere to jurisdictional boundaries, and when agencies work together like this, the law prevails.”
Reynolds was charged with seven counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, seven counts of illegal possession of stolen firearms, aggravated flight from an officer, driving under suspension, reckless operation of a vehicle, and two counts of failure to appear, along with additional arrest warrants out of Texas. He was booked into the Bossier Maximum Security Facility; bond is pending.
Webster Parish Sheriff’s Office has made additional arrests in this case as they continue their investigation.