Suspicious late-night bicyclist charged

Published 12:00 am Saturday, March 8, 2014

LAPLACE – After unsuccessfully avoiding police, a Reserve man riding a bicycle at 2:58 a.m. was arrested recently by St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies on patrol.

In the early morning hours of Feb. 28, deputies saw a male subject riding a bicycle

in the area of River

Road and Central Avenue in Reserve and attempted to make contact with him. By the time deputies turned around, the subject was no longer visible.

When deputies saw the subject for a second time, the subject turned down a side street

in an attempt to avoid the deputies. When deputies approached the man, he ran from his bicycle and into

the backyard of a residence.

After a brief pursuit, deputies detained the subject and found in his possession a lock pick set, screwdrivers, a box cutter, two cell phones, a MP3 player, a rosary, a silver ring, $16.25 in coins, marijuana, rolling paper and a smoking device.

The man was identified as Thomas Dewey III, 37, of Homewood Place in Reserve. Deputies arrested and booked Dewey with possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of burglary tools and resisting an officer.

Dewey remains in custody for parole violation and in lieu

of a $5,500 bond. He

has been arrested 11 times in St. John the Baptist Parish since May 1993.