Would-be burglar arrested inside Campti Dollar General


A Sabine Parish man has been arrested in connection with a business burglary in north Natchitoches Parish. On Friday, May 27 at 11:13 p.m. deputies responded to NATCOM 911 Center reports of a business burglary at the Dollar General on US-71 in Campti.
A witness reportedly observed a male entering the business through a broken front door glass.
A deputy arrived on scene within 4 minutes and observed forced entry.
A perimeter was set, and the deputy observed exits until back-up arrived.
The deputy heard noises leading him to believe the suspect was still inside the building.
Verbal commands were given to exit the business and when the suspect acknowledged he was in the building. He provided the deputy with what was later learned to be a false name.
Additional deputies and Campti Police arrived.
Shortly thereafter, deputies entered the business to discover the suspect barricaded in a rear storage room.
Deputies and Campti Police began communicating with the suspect.  The suspect then informed deputies he would speak with Campti Police Chief Greg Eldridge.  As Eldridge was making entry into the room, deputies observed the suspect was not armed, leading them to breach the door and take the suspect, identified as Devin D. Riley, into custody without incident.
Riley, 29, of the 5100 block of Texas Hwy, Many, was booked into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center charged with 1-Count of Simple Burglary and 1-Count of Criminal Trespassing.
Riley remains in the Natchitoches Detention Center awaiting bond.
Involved in the arrest were Deputy C. Willis, Sgt. M. Robertson, Deputy B. Keyser, Deputy K. Charest and Campti Police Chief Eldridge.
Sheriff Wright stated, “We believe the quick response of our deputies prevented any merchandise being stolen from the business.  We commend our deputies for their quick response, planning and safe capture of the suspect. We would also like to thank the concerned citizen that observed the suspicious activity, recognized something was not right, and contacted the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office to report it.”
If you see something suspicious, say something. Contact the NPSO at 352-6432 or if it is a crime in progress dial  911. Always provide dispatchers with a description of the suspect or vehicle if possible.