WASHINGTON PARISH, LA (WAFB) - Two teenagers have been arrested following an alleged burglary in Mt. Hermon, says Washington Parish Sheriff's Office officials.
On the evening on March 17, a burglar alarm at a pharmacy in Mt. Hermon alerted deputies to a possible burglary in progress. When deputies arrived, they discovered forced entry had been made into the building through a back window and a concerned neighbor reported seeing someone climb out of the window. Deputies entered the pharmacy and discovered a logo designer hat on the floor, which it was later discovered belonged to one of the burglars, a 16-year-old Slidell resident.
Nearby on Hwy. 38, deputies noticed some young people in a vehicle they say was obviously having mechanical problems. Based on eye witness accounts from the scene and evidence collected by deputies, they were able to identify the 16-year-old male in the vehicle as a suspect. He was arrested and transported to the Florida Parishes Detention Center. His name and photo are being withheld because of his juvenile status.
While deputies were investigating the scene, they say another witness came forward and reported another young man was concealing an item believed to be a pistol. Deputies were able to locate the pistol and discovered the serial number had been filed off. The man in possession of the pistol was identified as Kory Allen Singletary, 17, also of Slidell. He was arrested and transported to the Washington Parish Jail and is charged with possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number. Officials say he was released on March 20 after posting a $5,000 bond.
In June of 2016, Governor John Bel Edwards signed a new law which changes the age at which a person is considered an adult in the criminal justice system. The current age is 17, however, that will change to 18 in the coming years. As of July 2018, 17-year-olds charged with non-violent offenses will be included in the juvenile system. As of July 2020, 17-year-olds charged with any offense will be in the juvenile system.
"What a tragedy that these young men are already involved in criminal activity. I certainly hope and pray that this experience will serve as a wake-up call for them and will provide an incentive for each of them to evaluate their priorities and alter course with their lives. No person should be a captive to the forces that drive them to commit such acts and these young men certainly can have many productive years ahead of them to become responsible citizens," said Sheriff Randy Seal.
"This is another good example of the importance of the partnership between the sheriff's office and residents of Washington Parish. I am grateful to the witnesses who came forward to provide valuable information and to our officers who did an excellent job in quickly solving this crime," said Seal.