Teen arrested for series of thefts on LSU’s campus after being banned by police

Teen arrested for series of thefts on LSU’s campus after being banned by police
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POSTED: Friday, October 18, 2013 - 11:30am

UPDATED: Friday, October 18, 2013 - 11:34am

A 15-year-old was arrested after he was connected to a series of thefts on LSU’s campus.

According to the LSU Police Department the teen has had several prior run-ins with campus police. However, the latest investigation began on Monday, Oct. 14 at roughly 9:00 a.m. when officers were dispatched to the LSU Law School in reference to a suspicious person.

“When officers arrived, they were unable to locate the suspect, but found him a short time later at the Student Union,” Cpt. Cory Lalonde, LSU Police Department, said. “They detained him at the Union and identified him as a juvenile. They also learned he had previously been arrested by LSU Police last month for a burglary and theft. After that arrest, he was banned from returning to the campus.”

When officers questioned the teen, he allegedly admitted to stealing an LSU jacket he had in his possession. He also had an iPod, but at the time of questioning the item had not been reported stolen. When it was later reported stolen, he was issued an additional charge on Wednesday, Oct. 16.

The teen was arrested and booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Juvenile Detention Center. However, one of the investigating officers recognized the teen as a possible suspect in another case.

Investigators reviewed surveillance footage and connected the teen to the theft of a bike from the Middleton Library on Thursday, Oct. 10. He was additionally connected to the theft of a cell phone from the LSU Law School on Friday, Oct. 11.

In total, the teen is charged with Remaining After Being Forbidden (5 counts), misdemeanor Theft (3 counts), and felony Theft (1 count).

Officials say investigators are currently reviewing outstanding cases to determine whether the teen is connected to any of them. However, they do not necessarily anticipate any additional charges.

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