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Police capture suspected burglar

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Hermes said approximately a week into the joint operation and five weeks into the rash of crimes, Johnny Ray Maryland, 35, of Ruston, was developed as a primary suspect.

“Between members of our department and the Sheriff’s Department, we began a hunt for this suspect,” he said. “We didn’t have any charges on him at that point but we felt like he needed to be located.”

Hermes said the suspect in the vehicle thefts followed a pattern of
stealing a vehicle, abandoning it and stealing another vehicle.

A vehicle was reported stolen from a residence in Ruston on Tuesday

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