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Leesville man arrested for tool theft

STAFF REPORT
Leesville Daily Leader

The residence was located on Bennett Collins Loop and VPSO responded to a report of a theft of a toolbox and several tools. 

The investigation led to the arrest of  Johnnie Lee Smith, 28, of Leesville. Smith was arrested and charged with one count of theft over $1,500 and one outstanding bench warrant for probation violation. 

While he was being interviewed by Detectives, Smith admitted to committing the theft. His bond was set at $5,000 on the theft charge.  According to the VPSO, Smith must pay $1915.50 in delinquent probation fines and fees, or serve 6 months in the parish jail. 

The toolbox and tools were recovered by detectives and subsequently returned to the victim. If convicted of the theft, Smith could spend a maximum of ten years in prison or be fined up to $3,000.  As of this writing, Smith is currently in the VPSO jail.