St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's detectives have arrested two teenagers that they say broke into more than 25 cars in the Slidell and Lacombe areas.
The car burglaries happened over the past several months in the Belair Subdivision and surrounding Slidell-area neighborhoods, to include The Meadows, Putters Lane, Birdie Drive and Royal Drive. Handguns. Detectives say the pair stole cell phone chargers, loose change and other miscellaneous items from unlocked vehicles.
The latest car break-in happened on the morning of August 14th. A witness called the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office to report a suspicious person rummaging through a neighbor's vehicle on East Beech Street in Lacombe. Deputies ultimately arrested two juveniles who were later linked to the vehicle burglaries in the Belair and surrounding subdivisions.
The teenagers told detectives the stolen property had been sold on the street or thrown away. What little property that was recovered has already been identified by the victims and returned to the rightful owners.
The two juveniles, aged 15 and 16, were booked into the Florida Parishes Juvenile Detention Center.
The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office wants to remind everyone to lock their car doors and put all valuables out of plain view to reduce the chances of your vehicle being burglarized.