The Northlake Christian Academy basketball team visited Mt. Hermon on January 21, 2014, for a basketball game. Northlake lost the game, then discovered another loss when they returned to the team bus for the drive home. It was discovered that the bus had been forcibly entered and three I-pads had been stolen from various backpacks stored on the bus.
A similar theft occurred on February 3, 2014, when Northlake returned to Mt. Hermon for another game. Two additional I-pads, cellular phones, money and other miscellaneous student property was stolen from backpacks stored on the bus.
The cases were assigned to Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office Investigator Demetria Rice. She pursued many leads, worked with school officials, interviewed several suspects and witnesses, worked with school officials and even obtained a search warrant to intercept electronic communications in order to identify and apprehend the ones who committed the crimes.
The investigation resulted in the arrests of four youth ranging in ages from twelve to sixteen years of age. Each has been charged with two counts of vehicle burglary and criminal damage to property over $1,500.00. The investigation continues and more arrests are possible.
Sheriff Randy Seal complimented Detective Rice on a job well done. “Detective Rice pursued every lead in this matter and identified those responsible. I congratulate her for solving this case and recovering the stolen items.”
The juveniles were released into the custody of their parents pending trial.