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Teens arrested for vandalizing vehicles, Port Barre High with spray paint

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Port Barre police say they have arrested two teenagers in a case of criminal damage and theft at and around Port Barre High School in September. 

Police Chief Deon Boudreaux confirms that a 14-year-old and a 15-year-old were both arrested on December 16, 2017, in connection with the theft and vandalism in September of this year. 

In the September incident, it was learned through interrogations, that the two teens stole several cans of spray paint from a victims property and allegedly spray painted several vehicles. The two then allegedly went on to Port Barre High School where they broke into a classroom and spray painted the interior. 

The two vehicles tagged were found on Seneca Street at a nearby residence. 

The original story from KATC can be found here

"We've had several juveniles that have been wreaking havoc in our community, stealing things, breaking into homes and vandalizing peoples properties. They've been keeping us busy for sure and it had become frustrating. Especially knowing innocent, hard-working people were being victimized by these juveniles that have no care, no respect, no moral value or code of decency or regard for other people. We arrest them and they get released. It's a repeated scenario over and over but we didn't give up. We continued to pick them up, charge them over and over. Sometimes twice or more in the same week. One twice in the same day," says Chief Deon Boudreaux. 

Boudreaux says that one of the juveniles arrested was recently arrested for a purse snatching in the city. He blames the court judicial system for failing to keep these juveniles off the streets.

"I feel the state's juvenile court system is faulted and failing our community but we are going to keep doing our job, we are going keep arresting them and charging them," Boudreaux said. 

Boudreaux says he wants charges against juveniles to come from the state level bringing in swift but firm action. This would mean juveniles arrested for crimes like these would be incarcerated. Boudreaux says incarceration is not enough. "Rehabilitate them and teach them to be productive people in our society," he added.

The teens arrested in this case were not named.  

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