Deputies say seven people have been arrested after busting a multi-parish vehicle burglary ring that operated on the Northshore over the past two weeks.
According to Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards, a resident reported several people “creeping around” and pulling on car doors around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday in the Jefferson Court subdivision in Hammond. Deputies responded to the scene and found the suspects within moments after receiving the call.
Teens arrested in Tangipahoa burglary ring investigation
Detectives say they found multiple stolen goods, including items stolen from St. Tammany Parish, inside a silver four-door Honda Sonata. Detectives also obtained a search warrant for two homes on Harvey Lavigne Road in Ponchatoula.
During the search, deputies found a stolen gun, laptop, drug paraphernalia and other items reported stolen from recent vehicle burglaries.
At one of the homes searched, deputies said two people, Ashley Scarbrough, 21, and Myquela Stewart, 18, were taken into custody and booked for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
Four people inside the vehicle were booked on the following counts:
Donavan J. Smith, 18, of Hammond: 1 count of attempted vehicle burglary, 2 counts of vehicle burglary, possession of a stolen firearm, possession of CDSI-MDMA.
Trevon C. Guidroz, 17, of Ponchatoula: 1 count of attempted vehicle burglary, 7 counts of vehicle burglary, holds from St. Tammany and Livingston parishes sheriff's offices.
Juleah Knight, 17, of Hammond: 1 count of attempted vehicle burglary, 2 counts of vehicle burglary.
Unnamed male, 16: possession of stolen property, attempted burglary, 7 counts of vehicle burglary. (The teen is being held on pending charges from Livingston and St. Tammany parishes)
Investigators say 17-year-old Jake Daughtery, of Robert, was also booked in connection with the burglary ring. Daughtery was booked with possession of stolen property, 7 counts of vehicle burglary and has a hold by the Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office for multiple crimes committed in that area.
Sheriff Edwards reports that the ring operated in the Ponchatoula area, the Creeks Apartments on Highway 51 north of Hammond, and Deer Field and Rock Ridge subdivisions in Loranger.
“This crew is also linked to multiple crimes in surrounding parishes,” Edwards said.
Edwards is reminding residents to remember to lock their car doors at all times, especially if they keep a gun in their car.
“It's our hope that raising awareness about this issue will cut down on the number of firearms making it into the hands of people who would intend to do harm,” Edwards said. “Also, for this reason, it is very important for gun owners to file a police report if they have a weapon stolen so investigators can trace where it's been if possible.”