By Bonnie Culverhouse
Minden Police have arrested a woman for shoplifting at a local dollar store and her accomplice from Bienville Parish.
Latasha Bittle, 27, no address given, was taken into custody Saturday evening, along with a Gibsland man who was serving as her “look out.”
Bittle was arrested for theft and Thaddeus Smith, 43, of the 13,000 block of Hwy. 154, Gibsland, is charged with principal to theft.
Minden Police Chief Jared McIver said Sgt. Mitch Hackett, Lt. Brandon Curry and Ofc. Anthony Miller were dispatched to the local store in reference to theft.
“Officer heard Smith telling Bittle to hurry up and come on,” McIver said. “He was acting as the look out for Bittle while she was concealing items to steal from the store in a black backpack.”
McIver said contact was made with Bittle and she gave consent to search the backpack.
“She also admitted to concealing unpaid items from the store in the bag, and multiple unpaid items were located in the bag,” said the chief. “The total of the items was more than 12 dollars. The store wanted to press charges against Bittle and Smith and signed a complaint.”
Both parties were transported to Minden Police Department where they were booked and placed in holding cells. Bittle was reportedly unable to make bond and was later transported to Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center.
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