3 arrested for burglary of Ponchatoula Family Dollar

Brent Burris, Jolene Hopkins and Alexander Southern (Source: TPSO)
Brent Burris, Jolene Hopkins and Alexander Southern (Source: TPSO)

TANGIPAHOA PARISH, LA (WAFB) - Three suspects have been arrested for the burglary of the Family Dollar store in Ponchatoula LA that happened on February 5, 2014.

The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office says 18-year-old Brent Burris, 31-year-old Jolene Hopkins and 18-year-old Alexander Southern, all of Ponchatoula were arrested by the TPSO Burglary Unit.

Sheriff Daniel Edwards said in a news release that "the suspects are all former or current employees of Family Dollar. The burglary was planned and executed with the knowledge and participation of all three suspects."

Reports say the trio were able to get away with about $2,800 in cash from the safe, as well as multiple cartons of cigarettes.

Edwards reports that Hopkins his inside the store until it closed, while Burris was working the cash register and distracting the manager.

When the store closed, Hopkins left her hiding place, disarmed the alarm system using the alarm code, used the combination for the safe to get the cash. She took the cartons of cigarettes and left the store. Reports say she was picked up in a vehicle driven by Southern.

All three were booked into the Tangipahoa Parish Jail on burglary charges.

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