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3 Natchitoches teens arrested for burglarizing an elementary school

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Joshua Hempton Smith (source: NPSO) Joshua Hempton Smith (source: NPSO)
Christain Lee Garner (source: NPSO) Christain Lee Garner (source: NPSO)
Michael Chase Posey (source: NPSO) Michael Chase Posey (source: NPSO)
stolen items and weapons (source: NPSO) stolen items and weapons (source: NPSO)
NATCHITOCHES, La. (KTBS) -

Three Natchitoches teens were arrested for their alleged roles in the recent burglary of Goldonna Elementary School in North Natchitoches Parish.

On Tuesday, Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Office Detectives responded to a reported burglary of Goldonna Elementary School in the 200 block of Ash Street in Goldonna, Louisiana.

A school resource officer was on scene. After talking with school officials, deputies found out that entry had been gained Monday night through a rear door into the school. School was not in session during the burglary.

While inside the gym area, the suspect apparently used a pair of bolt cutters to force their way into the concession stand area. Items reported stolen were: potato chips, several bottles of Gatorade, Slim Jim's and other candy items.

After reviewing the school's surveillance video, authorities were able to identify three male suspects inside the school all carrying what appeared to be life like assault rifles and a tactical holster carrying handgun. After further review of the video evidence, authorities determined that the weapons, which had orange tips, were BB guns.

Detectives also received tips from concerned citizens in the area, reporting suspicious activity in the area the night before.

Detectives contacted the mother of one of the suspects and were given permission to enter her house. There, detectives saw the weapons and stolen items in plain view in a bedroom.

As a result of the investigation, detectives arrested 18 year-old Joshua Hempton Smith, 17 year-old Christain Lee Garner and 17 year-old Michael Chase Posey. All three were booked into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center and charged with 1 count of Simple Burglary.

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