POSTED: Wednesday, July 11, 2012 - 9:00pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, July 11, 2012 - 9:04pm
Ascension Parish, La — Three juveniles were arrested and placed in St. James Youth Detention by the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office for burglarizing three schools over the last nine days.
According to Chief Deputy Tony Bacala, Sheriff’s deputies responded to a burglar alarm at Dutchtown High School at 3:15 a.m. on July 11th and spotted three juvenile males on the campus. Two of the juveniles were immediately arrested and the third juvenile suspect fled, but was arrested at about noon.
When the two juveniles were arrested they had athletic equipment and a megaphone in their possession that had been stolen from the school. They also had a flashlight that was engraved “Dutchtown Middle School”. On July 2nd, Dutchtown Middle School and Dutchtown Primary School, which both sit on the same campus, had been burglarized. And, on July 10th, Dutchtown Middle School was burglarized a second time.
In addition to the theft of property committed during the burglaries, other damage was done to school property. At Dutchtown Primary School, fire extinguishers had been set off in four classrooms, three other rooms had windows broken out, and two other rooms had been vandalized. At Dutchtown Middle School, a fire extinguisher was discharged outside of a temporary classroom and the glass face of a vending machine was damaged. At Dutchtown High School, fire extinguishers were set off in two school buses.
According to Bacala, school personnel are still inspecting their respective schools to determine any additional damages that were done and any additional items that were stolen. Besides the athletic equipment, it appears that only candy and small items were stolen from the schools.
Chief Bacala indicated that two of the juvenile who were arrested have past records with the Sheriff’s Office. One of the juveniles had been arrested in 2011 for the theft of a bicycle and for criminal mischief involving a case where he and others were throwing rocks at passing vehicles where a motorcycle damaged. Another of the juveniles was also involved and arrested in the rock-throwing case.
All three juveniles, ages 14 and 15, are charged with four counts of burglary, specifically for one count of burglary of Dutchtown High School, one count of Burglary of Dutchtown primary School, and two counts of burglary of Dutchtown Middle School. All three are being held in the St. James Youth Detention Center pending a hearing before a judge that must be held within 72 hours of arrest.