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Teen escapes from detention center; goes on crime spree in St. Tammany

Jordan Cox, 17 (Source: STPSO) Jordan Cox, 17 (Source: STPSO)

A Bush-area teen, who recently escaped from a juvenile detention center in Alabama, has been tied to three convenience store burglaries in St. Tammany Parish, according to the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office. 

Jordan Cox, 17, was arrested Wednesday morning in Washington Parish after he was found to be driving a GMC Sonoma, which was recently reported stolen from a Tangipahoa Parish campground. The vehicle was also suspected to be involved in several business burglaries in St. Tammany Parish.

Police say around 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office attempted to initiate a traffic stop on a vehicle matching the description from recent business burglaries in St. Tammany Parish. A chase ensued and Cox was taken into custody after he crashed the stolen vehicle. Some of items taken during the burglaries were located inside the Sonoma following.

Police say Cox confessed to the burglaries, but detectives believe he did not act alone. Investigators are looking for other individuals who were with him when he burglarized the Abita Jr. Food Mart on July 22, the TPN Quick Stop on July 26 in Sun, and the Community Grocery in Bush on July 26.

Cox was booked into the Washington Parish Jail on charges stemming from the traffic stop and the stolen pickup truck. St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s detectives have also obtained warrants for his arrest for three counts of Simple Burglary.

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