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Suspect in theft of stolen Audi from Bossier City dealership arrested in Texas; similar arrests last year

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Mark Burkett, 37 Mark Burkett, 37

The suspect believed to have stolen a $75,000 car from a local dealership last week has been arrested in Texas.

Detectives with the BCPD's Property Crimes Unit obtained an arrest warrant Tuesday for Mark Owen Burkett, 37, of Shreveport on a charge of felony theft for stealing a 2014 Audi A7 last Friday after taking it on a test drive from Moffitt Audi in the 1900 Old Minden Road. Burkett was arrested in Baytown, Texas late Tuesday night after police there stopped the vehicle he was driving for a traffic violation.

Police say Burkett has a history of such offenses. Authorities say he stole a 2013 Kia Optima from Orr Kia of Shreveport in June of last year, and two days earlier took a 2013 Nissan Altima from the same dealership, again during a test drive. At that time he was charged with two counts of theft of a motor vehicle. On top of that, he'd already been convicted of the same crime before.

Bossier City detectives developed Burkett as the suspect in this latest case based on information and evidence obtained over the course of their investigation and subsequently secured the warrant for his arrest. Bond on that warrant is set at $100,000.

Burkett is charged with stealing the car after he and another person drove to the dealership in a black Mercedes CLS 550 that was later determined to have been stolen from a Shreveport car dealership. The other person drove away in the Mercedes when Burkett left the dealership in the stolen Audi. The Audi was recovered this week in Panola County, Texas and has since been returned to the dealership.

As of this afternoon, Burkett remains jailed in Baytown, Texas and also faces unrelated charges in Houston, Texas which could delay efforts to extradite him to Bossier City.

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