Chief Neal Lartigue of the Ville Platte Police Department reports that detectives are investigating an armed robbery that took place at a local business. At approximately 8:45 on Monday August 15, 2011, two black males entered a business located at 1311 East Main Street in Ville Platte with weapons and ordered employees to get on the floor. One of the black males kicked open the office door and removed money from the office. They then ordered an employee to open the register. After the employee complied with their demands the employee was then ordered to go to the back of the store. The armed men then took the money from the register and left through the rear door. The amount of money taken is undetermined at this time. Chief Lartigue is asking anyone who may have seen two black males running in the area of East Main Street around 8:45 or 9:00 p.m. or anyone who may have any information on this armed robbery to call the department at 363-1313. Your call will remain anonymous.
Chief Lartigue also reports a recent burglary has resulted in two arrests. In the early morning hours of Saturday, August 6, 2011, a local pawn shop on Chataignier Road was entered by two black males and several handguns were stolen. Caleb Richardson of 707 West Hickory Street, Ville Platte was arrested and charged with simple burglary, simple criminal damage to property and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Richardson remains incarcerated on a $50,000.00 bond set by Judge J. Larry Vidrine. De’andre Robert of 129 East Desota Street, Ville Platte was arrested and charged with simple burglary and simple criminal damage to property. Roberts remains incarcerated on a $20,000.00 bond set by Judge J. Larry Vidrine. Chief Lartigue said that the guns had been sold by the individuals. “If you purchased a gun from one of these two individuals you are urged to come forward and speak with us” Chief Lartigue said, “if you do not come forward, you can face charges of possession of a stolen firearm which could carry a sentence of up to five years in prison.” Lartigue reminds everyone that even though there have been two arrests, the case is still under investigation. “There are still illegal weapons on the street from this burglary” Lartigue stated, “We will continue to pursue leads.” If you have information on the stolen guns or if you have purchased a gun that you feel may be stolen you are asked to call the Ville Platte Police Department at 363-1313.