Two of three suspects who tried to steal an automatic teller machine from a Bossier City bank drive-thru are in police custody following an overnight vehicle pursuit involving law enforcement on both sides of the Red River.
Bossier City police responded Thursday night to the attempted theft of an ATM at the Ouachita Independent Bank branch in the 4200 block of Benton Road. Bank security cameras caught the incident on video which showed individuals in a white Nissan Titan pickup truck with Texas tags attempting to take the ATM by putting a chain around it then pulling it off its foundation with the truck and dragging several feet on the ground. The suspects then drove off without taking the machine or any money from it.
A few hours later a Bossier City patrol officer spotted a truck matching the description of the suspect vehicle on Barksdale Boulevard and attempted to conduct a traffic stop as it turned onto Westgate Drive. The truck then got on the A.R.T. Parkway going northbound with the driver accelerating and refusing to stop. Bossier City police pursued the truck onto I-20 into Shreveport and were soon joined by Shreveport police who took lead in the pursuit. At one point the truck exited I-20 and later got back on the interstate headed toward Bossier City.
Shreveport police took two suspects into custody after the truck went off the interstate near Jewella Avenue. They are identified as Gerri Davis (female), 24, of White Oak, Texas and Carl Gearhart III, 29, of Tyler Texas. A third male suspect fled the scene on foot and remains at large. Detectives are still working to get a positive ID on him.
Davis and Gearhart were booked into the Shreveport City Jail and are waiting transferred to Bossier City where they, along with the third suspect, face charges of attempted felony theft and felony criminal property damage.