Man hurls brick through Mandeville store window; steals paintball gun

Christopher Holden, 23
Christopher Holden, 23

Mandeville, La. -  A Covington man was arrested Friday morning after he admitted to throwing a brick through a business and stealing a paintball gun.

A spokesman for the Mandeville Police Department says the burglary happened around 4am at the Gunfighter Paintball store located at 1860 North Causeway Approach.

When officers arrived on scene, they found the front door glass shattered and a large brick lying on the floor just inside the business.

Missing was a "dye" brand paintball gun valued at $1,200.

Police say they were able to determine that 23 year-old Christopher Holden of Dogwood Drive in Covington had called the store the day before inquiring about the same gun and then eventually arrived in person under the pretense of buying it. Store phone records as well as surveillance video helped to identify Holden as the perpetrator.

The investigating officer was able to make contact with Holden who agreed to come in for an interview. Holden confessed to the burglary and turned over the stolen gun which was still in his vehicle.

He was booked with the business burglary and possession of stolen property before being transported to the St. Tammany Parish Jail.