February 02, 2017  |  03:15 pm

Warrants have been obtained for the arrests of three Tangipahoa teenagers wanted for breaking into multiple vehicles in the Madisonville area over the weekend.

Among the vehicles burglarized was a locked, unmarked State Police Unit, which was parked in front of a trooper’s residence. The trooper’s department-issued rifle and a small amount of K-9 training-aides were taken during the burglary.

State Police recovered the stolen rifle Thursday, and St. Tammany Parish detectives, working with State Police and ATF, located the stolen training aides, which is used to train bomb-sniffing dogs, in the woods near the incident location.

One of the teens, 17-year-old Randy Charles Purcell of Ponchatoula, was taken into custody Wednesday afternoon with the assistance of Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office. He was booked into the Tangipahoa Parish Jail on charges related to an aggravated burglary that occurred Wednesday morning near Ponchatoula. St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s detectives have obtained warrants for him in St. Tammany for contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile, illegal possession of a stolen firearm and two counts of simple burglary.

Detectives have obtained warrants for the arrest of 17-year-old Bradley Greenlee of Springfield. Greenlee is expected to turn himself in Thursday and will be booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail for contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile and two counts of simple burglary.

A 16-year-old Ponchatoula boy was also arrested. He was booked into the Florida Parish Detention Center Wednesday for one count of simple burglary, one count of illegal possession of a stolen firearm and one count of illegal possession of a firearm by a juvenile from St. Tammany and for the aggravated burglary in Tangipahoa Parish.

The teens broke into several vehicles in and around Autumn Creek Subdivision off Highway 22 in Madisonville between Friday night and early Sunday morning.  In addition to the trooper’s equipment, the teens also took wallets and money from the vehicles they burglarized.
This investigation is ongoing and additional charges are possible. 

Assistant Public Information Officer - Contact Information
Deputy Suzanne Carboni – 985-809-8227 or suzannecarboni@stpso.com