On August 22, 2017, Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of firearms stolen during a residential burglary on Powerline Road in Angie. As detectives were investigating the matter, Patrol Sgt. Anthony Jones made a routine traffic stop which led to information about the burglary and the individuals involved.
Following up on the leads, officers were able to identify William Brumfield, 17, a resident of Avenue H in Bogalusa and Timothy Rester, 17, a resident of Highway 60 in Bogalusa, as the two burglars. They also identified Brittany Ard, 18, also residing on Highway 60 as an accessory to the crime. All three were arrested and placed in the Washington Parish Jail.
It was determined that the theft of numerous firearms occurred after Brumfield and Rester had visited the Powerline Road residence. Detective Damon Mitchell was able to track the firearms to a buyer in Meridian, Mississippi. Mitchell requests that any persons who might have purchased firearms or other property from any of the three arrested suspects notify him at (985) 661-2021, ext. 2054.
All three suspects remain in the Washington Parish Jail. Ard is charged with Accessory After the Fact and her bond is set at $2,500. Brumfield is charged with Burglary of an Inhabited Dwelling and Possession of Stolen Firearms. His bond is set at $7,580. Rester is charged with Burglary of an Inhabited Dwelling, Theft of Firearms and two counts of Contempt of Court. His bond is set at $12,500.
Rester spent two days in the Washington Parish Jail in March 2017, before being released after posting a $25,000 bond. He is charged with Aggravated Battery, Criminal Damage to Property and Illegal Discharge of a Firearm.
“These parish youngsters are starting out on the wrong foot,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal. “Usually, persons who begin a life of crime at such a young age will continue on that path and are destined for other conflicts with law enforcement until some form of intervention puts them on the right path. Until that time, they will not know the freedom of being law-abiding citizens and enjoying the benefits of living in our wonderful nation and parish.”