WPSO: Burglaries solved, firearms recovered, 3 arrested

Published 9:15 am Monday, June 4, 2018

Chief Deputy Mike Haley of the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office announced that three suspects were arrested Friday in connection with a recent string of burglaries involving stolen firearms.

Cody Young

Haley said that WPSO detectives had been investigating the crimes, which occurred in the parish in April and May. The incidents occurred on Louisiana Highway 10 near Bogalusa, Will Talley Road near Bogalusa and Benny King Road near Franklinton. The investigation resulted in the arrest of three area residents Friday, along with the recovery of several stolen firearms, Haley said.

Arrested were Cody Young, 26, a resident of Highway 43 in Pearl River County, Miss., Jessica Patterson, 21, a resident of W. O. Turnage Road in Franklinton and Victoria Graham, 20, a resident of Brandon Drive in Franklinton. Young and Graham were transported to the parish jail, with bond set at $125,000 for Young and $15,000 for Graham. Patterson was released Sunday after posting a $25,000 bond.

Jessica Patterson

Haley said that Young faces the most charges, including nine counts of theft of a firearm, convicted felon in possession of a firearm, burglary of an inhabited dwelling and burglary of a commercial business.

Patterson is charged with seven counts of theft of a firearm, two counts of illegal possession of a stolen firearm, burglary of a commercial business and obstruction of justice.

Graham is charged with nine counts of theft of a firearm, and burglary of an inhabited dwelling.

Haley said that Washington Parish detectives worked with law enforcement officers from other jurisdictions to solve the burglaries and it is anticipated that more charges will be forthcoming, as all three persons are suspects in burglaries in other areas.

Victoria Graham

If any person has knowledge of any alleged criminal activities by these three individuals, or if any person has purchased items from either of these individuals, they are asked to contact WPSO Det. Kody Glenn at 985-839-3434.

Sheriff Randy Seal commented on the arrests.

“Great job on the part of our detectives,” Seal said. “They put in many hours working on these crimes and their hard work paid off in three arrests. I am so pleased with the excellent work of our detectives and I am so gratified they have brought three area criminals to justice.

“In addition, nine stolen firearms were recovered. That equates to a good day for law enforcement and a bad day for law breakers.”