Shoplifting suspect returns to the scene

Ruston police arrested a man on several charges Wednesday after a report of a trespasser at a local convenience store.

The Delta Mini Mart at 200 W. California Ave. reported a man had entered the store a few days earlier and stole over $150 worth of alcohol before fleeing. The suspect returned Wednesday and was loitering outside the store. He refused to depart the premises when told to leave.

When officers arrived, they found Duntae Harvey, 29, of Ruston, to be highly intoxicated. Harvey asked why the police were present before stating, “Is this for the **** I stole?”

Harvey was arrested and during a search, a “crack” pipe was found in his jacket pocket. Harvey stated he had just smoked crack cocaine with the pipe.

Harvey was booked for criminal trespass, theft by shoplifting, possession of drug paraphernalia, and disturbing the peace by intoxication in public.

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