(Press Release) On July 5th , 2016, an oil company in the Plainview area reported several thefts from their oil well sites. Deputies and Detectives from the Glenmora Substation responded to the site to make contact with oil company employees. Due to the recent thefts, the oil well company had installed surveillance cameras on the sites to assist in the apprehension of the suspects.
Through their investigation, Detectives were able to obtain photos of the suspects and a Deputy assigned to the Community Police Section in the Plainview area was able to identify the suspects from the photos. The suspects were identified as Shelton Richard and Joseph Stafford. Shelton Richard was arrested on July 13th , 2016 in reference to the incident and booked into the Rapides Parish Detention Center.
Detectives attempted to contact Stafford who immediately began evading capture. Several attempts were made to locate Stafford. His family was even advised that he was wanted and that he needed to turn himself in. They were also cautioned not to aid him in evading law enforcement in any way. On July 20th, 2016, the Deputy assigned to the Community Police Section was on routine patrol in the Plainview area and observed Stafford in his mother’s vehicle on Odom Road. When the Deputy attempted to stop him, Stafford immediately jumped from the vehicle leaving it running with the door open and fled into the woods.
With this new information, Detectives were able to obtain a warrant for Dorothy Stafford for Obstruction of Justice by supplying her son with the vehicle. On July 21st , 2016 Dorothy Stafford was booked into the Rapides Parish Detention Center for Obstruction of Justice and later released on a $50,000.00 bond. Upon booking Mrs. Stafford, her son Joseph Stafford turned himself in to the Rapides Parish Detention Center and was booked on active warrants for 2 counts Theft $750-$5000, 2 counts Criminal Trespass, 2 Counts Criminal Damage and 1 count Resisting Arrest. Detectives say their investigation is still ongoing.
“This is why we have the Community Police Section of our Patrol Division” said Sheriff William Earl Hilton. “Unlike shift deputies who work different zones, these deputies assigned to certain areas really get to know the public they are serving. It is very effective program as you can see.”
In 2012, when Sheriff Hilton came back into office, he reinstituted the Community Police Section of the Patrol Division, a concept that had worked well in his previous administration.