In St. Amant, Louisiana, six teenagers are suspected of participating in a burglary ring. According to authorities, two of the suspects-a 17-year-old and a 15-year-old from St. Amant, both male-were interrupted by the owner of a vehicle that they were allegedly trying to burglarize on Savoy Road. Upon interruption, the teenagers reportedly fled from the scene, but were arrested some time later.
Their arrests led authorities to four other individuals, all of whom are male teenagers. Misdemeanor charges have been filed against all six of the suspects in addition to several other charges. Authorities believe that the six individuals operated together in a theft ring involving several vehicles.
Only one of the teens involved in the case is from outside of St. Amant-a 16-year-old from Gonzales, Louisiana. The original duo taken into custody have each been charged with two counts of misdemeanor theft, three counts of criminal trespassing, six counts of simple burglary of a vehicle and nine counts of damage to property.
The 16-year-old from Gonzales has been charged with a different set of counts: one count of misdemeanor theft, two counts of criminal trespassing, two counts of simple burglary of a vehicle and nine counts of damage to property. Another 16-year-old-from St. Amant-has been accused of identical charges, as has a 14-year-old from the same town. The remaining 15-year-old suspect is facing two counts of misdemeanor theft, three counts of criminal trespassing, six counts of simple burglary of a vehicle and nine counts of damage to property.
Reports indicate that the 17-year-old is currently being held in Ascension Parish Jail without a bond having yet been set. Potential sentences have not yet been discussed openly so no estimation of punishment pending conviction can occur.
Because of the number of charges against each of the teens it would be advisable for them to consult with a criminal defense attorney to learn what their rights are and any steps they may be able to take to mitigate the fallout their arrests may incur. At such a young age, there is much at stake for these young boys, who, like anyone charged with a crime, deserve a fair hearing and vigorous defense of their rights.
Source: WAFB, "Teenage burglary ring uncovered," Michael Oliver, July 31, 2012