PLAQUEMINE — Seven juveniles and one adult were arrested Thursday afternoon in a home invasion and theft of vintage guns and jewelry valued at more than $100,000, and another adult also may face charges, Police Chief Kenny Payne said Friday.
Payne said the juveniles, ranging in age between 10 and 15, broke a window at a home on Meriam Street on Thursday afternoon, entered the house and stole at least 11 antique guns and several expensive watches.
Police were called at 4 p.m. after neighbors noticed suspicious activity around the house. Payne said three of the juveniles were caught inside the house with six of the stolen guns while the others fled.
Plaquemine police later Thursday apprehended four more juveniles and arrested a 19-year-old Plaquemine man who they said assisted in the theft.
Jayl’n Smith, 55389 Plaquemine St., was booked into the Iberville Parish Jail on three counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, simple burglary and theft of goods more than $1,500.
All seven juveniles were taken to the juvenile detention center in Assumption Parish.
Payne said Friday afternoon another adult was being questioned in the incident after he surrendered, telling police he had tossed three stolen guns near Bayou Plaquemine.
Members of the dive team from the Baton Rouge Police Department were able to recover two of the weapons Friday afternoon. As of late Friday afternoon, police were still trying to recover at least three more guns, Payne said.