17-year-old Escapes from Detention Center – Goes on Crime Spree
A Bush-area teen, who recently escaped from a juvenile detention center in Alabama, has been tied to three convenience store burglaries in St. Tammany Parish.
Jordan Cox (DOB 1/8/1999; 21599 Highway 40, Bush, LA) was arrested Wednesday morning in Washington Parish after he was found to be driving a GMC Sonoma, which was recently reported stolen from a Tangipahoa Parish campground. The vehicle was also suspected to be involved in several business burglaries in St. Tammany Parish.
Shortly before 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday morning, the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office attempted to initiate a traffic stop on a vehicle matching the description from recent business burglaries in St. Tammany Parish. A brief pursuit ensued and Cox was taken into custody after he crashed the pickup truck just 50 feet from the St. Tammany Parish line. Some of items taken during the burglaries were located inside the GMC Sonoma following the crash.
Cox has confessed to the business burglaries, but detectives believe he did not act alone. Investigators are looking for other individuals who were with him when he burglarized the Abita Jr. Food Mart on July 22nd, the TPN Quick Stop on July 26th in Sun, LA, and the Community Grocery in Bush on July 26th.
Cox has been booked into the Washington Parish Jail on charges stemming from the traffic stop and the stolen pickup truck. St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s detectives have also obtained warrants for his arrest for three counts of Simple Burglary. Cox will eventually be booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail.
Any further information regarding the cases can be provided to Detective Gretchen Sanders at 985-276-1340.