RAPIDES PARISH, La. (State Fire Marshal's Office) - Three teenagers and a pre-teen have been arrested in connection to a burglary and fire at a vacant trailer in their neighborhood earlier in June.
Latrell Glynn, 18, and Rodarius Sykes, 19, were booked into the Rapides Detention Center this week on one count each of simple arson, simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling, criminal trespass and contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile.
A 14-year-old boy was arrested for one count each of simple arson, simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling and criminal trespass. Another 12-year-old boy was arrested for one count each of simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling and criminal trespass. They were both released into the custody of their guardians.
The incident happened on June 2. The Holiday Village Fire Department responded to the scene on Dupree Street in Pineville.
State Fire Marshal deputies were called to investigate the fire and determined it was intentionally started in two locations; the living room and the kitchen.
Through additional investigative efforts, Glynn, Sykes and three juveniles were identified as persons of interest in the case. In interviews with the group, all told similar stories of a plan to break into the trailer to burglarize it.
The majority of their stories were consistent with one individual staying outside of the property the entire time, while pinpointing certain individuals as those who stole items and other individuals who set the fires.
At least two of the suspects admitted their direct roles in the crimes.
The State Fire Marshal issued this plea for families with juveniles out of school for the summer.
“Summertime can often leave kids looking for activities to occupy their downtime. Sometimes, that can lead to kids getting into mischief, including playing with fire,” said State Fire Marshal Butch Browning, “We encourage parents and guardians to keep a close eye on kids’ activities as they’re out of school for the summer. But most importantly, we want adults to warn juveniles not only of the dangers of playing with fire, but the consequences of fire, including to property, their lives and the lives of others, as well as their futures.”
The SFM would also like to thank the community for their cooperation with this investigation and encourage others to submit anonymous tips to our agency if you have information about a fire-related crime in your area.
The arson hotline is 1-800-256-5452 or tips can be submitted at lasfm.org.
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