Ruston man facing burglary, drug charges

Kyle Hickman mug shot courtesy of the LPSO/LPDC

By T. Scott Boatright

A Ruston man found parked on a private driveway by the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office remained jailed Wednesday on charges including burglary and drug possession.

The arrest report of Kyle Hickman, 40, says that the LPSO responded to La. Hwy. 151 near Noble School Road in reference to a suspicious vehicle on Tuesday afternoon.

Upon arrival, a LPSO deputy made contact with a male subject identified as Hickman sitting in the driver’s seat of a suspect vehicle described the person who called in and made a report. Hickman was allegedly parked on a driveway leading to an abandoned residence/convenience store.

When reported being questioned Hickman told a LPSO deputy he had been riding around and stopped to eat pizza. The deputy reported observing the grass leading to the old general store had been “mashed down.”

Hickman reportedly failed to provide the full name of the owner of the vehicle he was driving and told the deputy he was alone.

While walking through in the general location of the store deputies reported seeing a door kicked in on the store and “several items strewn about.”

A K9 police dog called in alerted on the vehicle Hickman was driving and upon searching the vehicle, deputies reportedly found items matching the items strewn around the store (cabinet pulls, hinges, etc.). Deputies also reported finding in packaging containing suspected methamphetamine outside the vehicle that was in packaging similar to packaging found inside the vehicle.

Deputies contacted the property owner, who identified the cabinet pulls, hinges, etc. found outside the store by deputies, and requested that Hickman be charged.

A name check of Hickman then revealed he had an outstanding warrant for criminal trespass.

Hickman reportedly admitted he had been with the registered owner of the vehicle earlier but that she left prior to the arrival of LPSO deputies.

Hickman faces the outstanding warrant for criminal trespass as well as charges of simple damage to property, simple burglary, criminal trespass and possession of a Schedule II narcotic (meth).

His bond was set at $12,000.

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