Two businesses on Highway 21 south of Bogalusa recently reported theft and burglary offenses which were investigated by Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives.
When detectives responded to the complaints, they learned that the suspects had been captured on security surveillance cameras at one of the business locations. The surveillance video showed one suspect approach the camera and look directly into it. Once he realized he was being recorded, he cut the camera cable. Detectives reviewing the video were able to identify the suspect as Derek Moss, 25, a resident of Plum Street in Bogalusa. Law enforcement officers who had prior dealings with Moss on other criminal matters were able to quickly recognize him.
When Moss was arrested, he confessed to his participation in the crimes. The investigation continues and more arrests are possible.
On May 13, Moss was placed in the Washington Parish Jail charged with Felony Criminal Damage, Criminal Trespass, Burglary of a Vehicle, and Theft. His bond has been set at $9,000. Moss is on probation, so it is unlikely that he will be released.
Sheriff Randy Seal responded, “This is another example of the importance of security surveillance cameras. I encourage all parish businesses and homeowners to seriously consider the installation of camera systems. Recently we were able to identify a residential burglar through images caught on the homeowner’s camera system. Now we have another burglar in custody due to images captured on the camera system of the business he violated. We continue to make arrests and we will always have room in our jail for burglars and other criminals.”