August 18, 2017  |  01:10 pm

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s detectives have arrested a man for damaging and stealing a portion of the town-owned bronze Princess Abita statue last month.

Andrew Corkern (DOB  2/3/1997; 23049 Third Street, Mandeville) was arrested earlier this month after it was discovered he was the individual responsible for breaking off the bronze feather portion off the statue, which is located at the Abita Springs Trailhead.

On July 23, a vendor from the Abita Community Market contacted the Sheriff’s Office after he noticed the feather was missing off the town’s statue, which is located behind an iron fence under the historic pavilion at the Trailhead.

Following an investigation into the theft, detectives obtained a warrant for Corkern’s arrest on August 3.  The investigation also uncovered that Corkern was accompanied by other individuals, some of which are underage, at the time the crime was committed.

A search warrant was executed at Corkern’s residence, but the bronze feather was not recovered.

On August 4, Corkern was booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail on the following charges:
14:56B Simple Criminal Damage $500-50,000
14:67.B.4 Theft Under $750
14:92 Contributing to the Delinquency of a Juvenile

If anyone has information about this case, please call Det. Steven Lucia at 985-276-1337.