Man arrested entering cars

A man was arrested early Monday morning after a witness allegedly saw him entering cars outside Clinton Circle residences.

Ruston Police responded and located a man matching the description given by the caller. Kenneth Harper, 44, of Ruston, said he was trying to borrow a friend’s Ford Crown Victoria. He said the car was locked when he arrived, so he knocked on the window and his friend unlocked the car with a keyless remote control. 

The owner of the Crown Victoria, however, said she did not know Harper, had not given him permission to use the car, and it did not possess keyless entry. Nothing appeared to be missing from the vehicle, officers were told.

Harper was arrested and a search of his backpack revealed Diclofenac and Methocarbamol, both controlled substances, under someone else’s name. A glass pipe typically used to smoke drugs, was found in his pants pocket. 

Officers booked Harper at the Lincoln Parish Detention Center for simple burglary of a vehicle, possession of legend drugs, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bail amount was not available.

This information has been provided by a law enforcement agency as public information. Persons named or shown in photographs or video as suspects in a criminal investigation, or arrested and charged with a crime, have not been convicted of any criminal offense and are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. 

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