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|Early morning burglary; quick response leads to arrests|
Authorities arrested two men in connection with and early morning "smash and grab" burglaries of two area retail stores.
Sometime around 2:30 a.m. on Tuesday morning, assailants tossed an iron rod through the front door of Winnsboro Office Supply and Radio Shack.
After stealing several items from the Winnsboro store, the men traveled to the Stop-N-Shop in Crowville, where they conducted another smash and grab robbery.
Franklin Parish chief deputy Kevin Cobb said officers noticed a suspicious vehicle en route from Crowville and, when they pursued it, the driver attempted to speed away.
"A chase ensued and they suspects made it into Winnsboro before wrecking the car and fleeing on foot," said Cobb.
Officers arrested Monta Allen, 24, and Terrence Miller, 26, both of Monroe.
Allen and Miller were charged with two counts each of burglary and criminal damage to property.
Allen was also charged with resisting an officer. Monta was charged with an additional count, aggravated flight.
Bond had not been set as of Tuesday afternoon.
A third suspect remained at large, but Cobb said an arrest was expected "very soon."
The three suspects made off with numerous items from both locations.
Radio Shack owner Don Adams said the men stole several GPS units, headphones and a couple of telephone systems.
Adams credited a state-of-the-art alarm system with preventing a much larger theft.
"We have a security system and that saved the day," Adams said.
Winnsboro Police Chief Lester Thomas said all of the items stolen from Adams's store have been accounted for.
"We have recovered all of the merchandise they stole from Radio Shack," Thomas said.
Adams commended law enforcement and said officers responded quickly to the monitored alarm system.
"The security system has paid for itself this morning," Adams said.
Thomas noted the fast response times of both Winnsboro Police and sheriff's deputies and credited their work with the speedy apprehension of the suspects.
"Officers captured one suspect on the scene of the crash and tracked the second one down," Thomas said. "We're still looking for the third individual."
Adams said he received a phone call from the alarm company around 2:30 a.m. to inform him of the break-in. By the time he arrived, the suspects had fled the scene and law enforcement had secured the scene.
By 3:30 a.m., the first two suspects were in custody, according to law enforcement officials.