On March 21, the Natchitoches Police Department received a theft complaint from an employee with the City of Natchitoches. The complainant advised that someone removed approximately 84 pots of flowers from various locations in the downtown area and from a location near City Park. The thefts totaled approximately $1,280. The case was forwarded to the Natchitoches Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division (CID).
The downtown area is inundated with security cameras. Detectives Terry Johnson and John Wynn Jr. reviewed surveillance footage and observed two females exiting their gray Honda pilot and placing stolen flowerpots inside. During the investigation, detectives learned that the suspects had been attempting to sell flowers to multiple people in East Natchitoches and identified the suspects as Amanda Irvin (aka “Mandy”) and Brandi Smith.
On March 22, Smith came to the CID office where she was interviewed and confessed to taking the flowers with Irvin. She was then arrested.
On March 24, Irvin was brought into the CID office after being arrested for an unrelated theft at Wal-Mart. Irvin was interviewed and confessed to taking the flowers with Smith. She was then arrested.
Both are charged with R.S. 14:67 Theft. They were both given a District court date of May 6 and placed in NPDC awaiting bond.
The investigation is still ongoing at this time. Anyone with any information about this case should contact Det. Terry Johnson at (318) 357-3858 or NPD at (318) 352-8101.