Lester Moody arrested in connection with Texas jewelry store heist


A Shreveport man with ties to Natchitoches Parish, wanted in connection with a Texas jewelry store heist and other similar crimes in central and north Louisiana, was arrested during a traffic stop on I-49 near Cypress Wednesday, Aug. 10.
On July 1, at approximately 1:25 p.m., Longview Police Officers (LPD) responded to a reported robbery at Kay Jewelers in the Longview Mall in Longview, Texas.
Longview Police learned during the investigation, that a man and woman posed as customers by walking up to the jewelry counter and began looking at jewelry.
A man later identified as Lester Ray Moody, 39, of Shreveport allegedly reached into his pocket, pulled out of can of pepper spray and sprayed the employee.
Moody and an unidentified female ran with an undisclosed amount of jewelry.
LPD detectives continued the investigation, including reviewing business surveillance video.
That later led to a positive identification of Moody.
LPD released images of Moody to the public for assistance in mid July.
As the investigation progressed, LPD learned some of the jewelry was sold at a Natchitoches Pawn Shop.
NPSO High Tech Crime Unit detectives confirmed the expensive jewelry was taken in the Lakeview robbery. The pawn shop cooperated with authorities.
Detectives also gathered additional evidence at the pawn shop confirming Moody pawned the jewelry.
The jewelry was collected for evidence.
A warrant for Moody was issued.

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The investigation continued with NPSO detectives learning Moody was arrested in Rapides Parish on a similar offense and was wanted in Richland Parish for Armed Robbery of a Jewelry Store and was a Person of Interest in a Jewelry Store robbery in Morehouse Parish.
Detectives continued networking with Texas and Louisiana law enforcement agencies.
On Aug. 10, NPSO Detective Sgt. V. Kay was traveling on La. Hwy 1 near Cypress when he observed Moody and an unidentified female at a local business.
Detective Kay conducted stationary surveillance of Moody and requested assistance from patrol deputies.
Moody and the female soon left the business and as they were entering I-49 at Cypress, deputies initiated a traffic stop.

Moody was arrested without incident. 
The female was released at the scene.
Lester Ray Moody, 39, of the 3400 block of Pleasant Drive, Shreveport, was charged with 1-Count of Felony Robbery in Longview, Texas, 1-Count of Armed Robbery in Richland Parish, 2-Counts of Theft by Fraud in Natchitoches Parish and two Warrants from Natchitoches Police Department. Full NPD charges are flight, resisting, possession of sch. I and possession of sch. V drugs.
Charges are pending in Morehouse Parish.
Moody remains in the Natchitoches Detention Center with holds from Texas, Richmond and Morehouse Parishes.
This is an ongoing investigation.
NPSO commends Detective Kay, Detective Giannone and patrol deputies for their assistance.
Anyone with information should contact NPSO High Tech Crime Unit Detectives Michael Giannone or Sgt. Victor Kay at 318-357-7811.