New Orleans police on Saturday arrested two teenagers who police said were driving a stolen vehicle on the edge of the French Quarter.
Dartania Mixon, an 18-year-old male, and a 15-year-old boy were stopped at North Rampart and Conti streets about 11 p.m. after officers saw the white Volvo SUV they were driving had a smashed-in window on the passenger’s side.
When detectives approached the driver’s side of the car, Mixon tried to put the SUV in reverse, but Sgt. Dan Anderson reached inside the vehicle and shut off the engine, police said.
When Detective Sherife Davis saw a 12-gauge shotgun on the rear seat, the two youths were immediately taken into custody.
Detectives later located the owner of the vehicle. When he arrived on the scene, he told detectives that he had parked his SUV in the 1300 block of St. Philip Street before going into the French Quarter. He told police that he did not recognize the teens and did not own the shotgun.
He said he had left a spare key to the SUV in the center console.
Detectives believe the teenagers smashed out the passenger’s side window, located the spare key and drove off. The shotgun was not reported stolen.
Mixon, who lives in LaPlace, was booked on counts of auto theft, illegal possession of stolen property, contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile and criminal damage to property.
The 15-year-old was booked into the Juvenile Division on counts of auto theft, possession of stolen property and criminal damage to property.