Stolen car recovered with arrest 

A car stolen near downtown Ruston Thursday was recovered within hours with the arrest of the suspected thief. 

Jermichael Mangham, 32, of Ruston, was arrested four hours after a car was reported at the Dollar General Store on Arizona Avenue Thursday evening. 

Ruston Police investigated the theft about 6 p.m. Thursday. Witnesses at the store provided information identifying Mangham as the suspect. 

About four hours later, Grambling Police responded to a 911 call reporting a man going door to door asking for gas money. They located Mangham and the stolen car on Lee Street. Responding Ruston officers found the car’s license plate had been removed but the vehicle was confirmed as the victim’s through its identification number. 

While searching Mangham after his arrest, a debit card belonging to the victim was found in his jacket pocket. Also recovered from Mangham was a glass smoking pipe commonly used to ingest drugs and phone belonging to a friend of the victim. 

When the victim picked up the car, other items were discovered missing and extensive damage was found to the car. 

Mangham was booked at the Lincoln Parish Detention Center for theft of a vehicle, criminal damage to property, theft of property, possession of drug paraphernalia, and no driver’s license. 

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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