LIVINGSTON, LA (WAFB) - Authorities have suspended a man hunt for three men suspected of breaking into vehicles in the Denham Springs area. The eight hour search ended around 1 p.m. Saturday.
Deputies said they now have a main suspect, 22-year-old Jeremy Ricard, who is believed to be from the Tangipahoa/Hammond area. The other two suspects have not yet been identified.
Jason Ard with the Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office reported the trio pulled off a series of car break-ins early Saturday morning.
Around 5 a.m., a Louisiana National Guardsman ran outside with a shotgun when his car alarm went off. The suspects fled and the guardsman called 911.
Deputies said they found the suspects riding around in a silver Ford Escort, which led to a car chase that ended in a ditch along Interstate 12 East when the suspects tried to pass an 18-wheeler on the shoulder but lost control instead.
The suspects ran into the woods in a gated area at Cecos Allied Waste Company. The sheriff's office had the area surrounded. In addition to the dozens of deputies who searched for the men, police dogs and a helicopter were also on the scene.
Neighbors in the area were notified about what was going on. No evacuations were ordered. Deputies advised residents to keep their doors and windows locked.
Ard said deputies found a gun around the abandoned Ford Escort. It turned out to be stolen from Mississippi. He also said they found numerous items in that car believed to be stolen, like IPods and cell phones.
If you have any information that can help deputies find the alleged burglars, call Crime Stoppers at 344-7867