Louisiana authorities seek pallet of rifles stolen from Con-way freight depot

By Greg Grisolano, Land Line staff writer | Monday, October 28, 2013

Authorities in Louisiana are still searching for 63 Colt AR-15 rifles that were stolen earlier this month from a freight depot in Shreveport.

A spokesman with the Caddo Sheriff’s Office said four men suspected of orchestrating the daylight break-in at a Con-way Freight terminal in Shreveport are in custody, but none of the missing guns have been recovered.

“Right now, our focus is the guns,” Lt. Bill Rehak said in an interview with Land Line Now. “We’re confident we’re going to be picking the guns up. Unfortunately, it won’t be as a group. It will probably be one or two at a time.”

The theft is believed to have occurred on or around Oct. 14, after a pallet of the semi-automatic rifles were shipped from the manufacturing facility in Hartford, Conn., to the depot in Shreveport. A total of five pallets were shipped, but one of them was reported missing.

The sheriff’s department said in a press release that Con-way contacted the agency after an internal search failed to locate the property.

One of the four men arrested – Cameron Johnson, 21, of Keithville, was a contract security guard who was on duty at the freight company the day the shipment arrived. The other suspects are Luther M. Williams Jr., 22, of Shreveport; James D. Minor Jr., 44, also of Keithville; and David McNeil, 31, also of Keithville.    

All four were charged with theft of a firearm, according to the sheriff’s department. McNeil was arrested and charged with illegal possession of stolen things after investigators found a 65-inch TV that was reportedly stolen from the Con-way facility on the same day the guns went missing.

Johnson, Williams and McNeil are being held on $500,000 bond. Minor is being held on $250,000 bond.

Land Line Now news anchor Reed Black contributed to this report.

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