LIVINGSTON PARISH, LA (WAFB) - "Four arrests have been made in connection with the break-in and burglary at the old Livingston Parish Courthouse. Working with our law enforcement partners in East Baton Rouge Parish, arrests were made on March 9 and 10 and one handgun was recovered," said Livingston Parish Sheriff Jason Ard.
Officials say the initial break-in happened after the August 2016 flooding, in late October or early November. The burglars were believed to have bypassed a security system to gain access to the third floor through a window. Old closed case materials were being temporarily stored at the building at the time. Sheriff Ard says the process had been initiated to move the materials before the flooding, however the process was not completed.
The burglary was discovered by an alert deputy who noticed some discrepancies in the record keeping. Officials say 22 handguns of various calibers and some drug materials are missing and are believed to have been stolen by these four burglars. One of the stolen handguns was recovered by the LSU Police Department.
The four arrested are as follows:
- Gavyn Fuller, 18, of Livingston
- Kaleb A. Verdin, 18, of Walker
- McKenley Terrell Coleman, 26, of Baton Rouge
- Elvin A. Rowley, 25, of Baton Rouge
The investigation is ongoing.