Juveniles suspected in string of vehicle burglaries

Published 8:55 am Friday, June 19, 2015

A group of juveniles were recently arrested and remanded to Bogalusa City Court Juvenile Division for their suspected role in a recent string of vehicle burglaries.

Bogalusa Police Department Chief Joe Culpepper said computer data problems prevented him from being more specific about individual cases.

From June 9 to June 16, BPD officers took 14 reports of vehicle burglaries.

“Juveniles are probably responsible for a preponderance of the vehicle burglaries,” Culpepper said. “One was 17. Our loss of data has caused problems we’re trying to work through.”

He said a power outage that occurred late last week led to the data loss.

Bogalusa Mayor Wendy Perrette said the computer system should be up and running this weekend.

“It was just like a power glitch,” Perrette said. “The system is being rebooted, and our IT guy is working on it. It is a tedious process. It wasn’t like the glitch the city experienced last June. We didn’t have any backup. Criminals can rest assured their records are there, so nobody has a get-out-of-jail card.”

There was one vehicle burglary on June 9. That was in the 100 block of Marshall Richardson Road and 1700 block of Avenue K.

Five auto burglaries were reported the next day on June 10. Those thefts occurred in the 200 block of Cumberland St., the 1600 block of Woodbine St., the 800 block of Avenue B., the 800 block of Miller Place and in the Bogalusa Housing Authority’s Sunset Acres.

Two vehicle burglaries were reported to police on June 14. Those thefts occurred in the 1200 block of Avenue E, and in the 900 block of West 14th Street.

The 600 block of Avenue E was hit by auto burglars on June 15.

The next day, thieves broke into five vehicles, including two in the 1900 block of Dolly Avenue. Other thefts occurred in the 1900 block of Lesley Road, the 1300 block of Plum Street and the 100 block of Lee Circle.

Culpepper said property has been recovered from some of the thefts, but again he was not specific.