Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office investigators have been working to solve a rash of vehicle and residential burglaries in the Mt. Hermon area. Acting on a lead from a Pike County, Mississippi, resident, Washington Parish investigators traveled to Pike County and interviewed two individuals in jail there.
Washington Parish and Pike County investigators worked together and determined that thieves were crossing from Louisiana to Mississippi and back, committing thefts and burglaries in both states. All clues led to a small group of juveniles who were traveling back and forth across the state line to commit the crimes.
Piecing together forensic evidence obtained from the scenes of the crimes along with leads from the Pike County resident, Washington Parish investigators arrested one juvenile in the Mt. Hermon area who participated in thefts of a go-cart, a golf cart, a John Deere Gator and other items from residences in Washington Parish and Pike County. Investigators were also able to recover a stolen firearm from the residence of another juvenile who was not arrested but who is a suspect in the thefts. The investigation is still ongoing and more arrests are likely.
Sheriff Randy Seal commented on the work of WPSO officers. “Our investigative and patrol divisions did an excellent job in uncovering information which led to the arrest of the juvenile and the recovery of stolen items. It is not unusual for criminals to operate back and forth from Louisiana to Mississippi. We have good working relationships with Sheriff’s Offices in Pike, Walthall, Marion and Pearl River counties and are always pleased when we can work with them to solve interstate crimes. The same is true with St. Tammany and Tangipahoa as criminals also run back and forth between parishes. Criminals may be on the move but they need to understand that we are on the move also and we will catch them eventually.”