Teen escapes from detention center, goes on crime spree
WASHINGTON PARISH - Authorities say a teen from the Bush area escaped from a juvenile detention center in Alabama before embarking on a crime spree in St. Tammany Parish.
The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office said 16-year-old Jordan Cox was taken back into custody after he’d burglarized three different convenience stores in the parish in the time after his escape.
When Cox was arrested by officers in Washington Parish, he was driving a GMC Sonoma that was reported stolen from a Tangipahoa Parish campground. It was his getaway vehicle at the business burglaries he would carry out in St. Tammany, deputies said.
Cox led police on a brief chase before he crashed his truck on Wednesday morning when he came into contact with police in Washington Parish. He crashed his truck about 50 feet from the St. Tammany Parish line, according to WWL-TV.
Items taken during the burglaries were found inside the vehicle after the crash, authorities said.
Cox has confessed to the business burglaries, but detectives believe he did not act alone. Investigators are looking for other individuals who were with him when he burglarized the Abita Jr. Food Mart on July 22nd, the TPN Quick Stop on July 26th in Sun, LA, and the Community Grocery in Bush on July 26th," said a statement sheriff's office.
Cox was booked into the Washington Parish Jail on charges related to the traffic stop and the stolen pickup truck. Detectives in St. Tammany Parish have also obtained warrants for his arrest for three counts of simple burglary. He will be booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail upon his release in Washington Parish.