APSO connects teens to school burglaries
DUTCHTOWN - Sheriff's deputies arrested three teens today in connection with vandalism and thefts from Ascension Parish schools over the last couple of weeks.
Chief Deputy Tony Bacala said deputies responded to a burglar alarm at Dutchtown High School around 3:15 a.m. and saw the teens on the campus. They arrested two immediately, but the third fled and was arrested later in the day.
Deputies said when arrested, the teens had athletic equipment and a megaphone stolen from the school, as well as a flashlight with "Dutchtown Middle School" engraved on it. Bacala said Dutchtown Middle and Primary schools were both burglarized on July 2, and the middle school was broken into again on July 10.
Investigators said fire extinguishers were set off in the schools, windows were broken and vending machines were damaged. Some other small items were taken along with the athletic equipment.
All three teens, ages 14 and 15, were booked into the St. James Youth Detention center on burglary charges.