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Two charged with burglary at local gun store

Posted: Tuesday, June 9, 2020 | Views: 2323

Two charged with burglary at local gun store

Press Release from St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office:

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office has obtained arrest warrants for two individuals wanted for burglarizing a Covington-area gun store.

Over the past several months, investigators from the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the New Orleans Police Department, the Slidell Police Department and Louisiana State Police, have worked on a joint investigation relative to several gun store burglaries on the Northshore.

During the course of that joint investigation, a Covington-area gun store was burglarized in the early morning hours of April 17, and numerous guns were stolen during that burglary.

Investigators from the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office, working in collaborative efforts with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the New Orleans Police Department and Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office, were able to identify two suspects responsible for the burglary, Kahliq Williams, 20, and Richard Jones, 22, both of New Orleans. The subsequent investigation resulted in the recovery of several guns from the burglary.

Williams was taken into custody on May 20 by the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office, while in commission of an unrelated offense. Williams is in the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center, and pending his release, will be transported to the St. Tammany Parish Jail, where he will be booked on arrests warrants for the following charges:

L.R.S. 14:62 Simple Burglary
L.R.S. 14:69b(2) Illegal Possession of Stolen Things Over $5,000
L.R.S. 40:1752 Handling of Machine Guns (5 counts)
L.R.S. 14:6715 Theft of Firearms (45 counts)
L.R.S. 14:92a(11)b Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor


Jones was arrested by the New Orleans Police Department and booked into Orleans Parish Prison on May 22 for crimes committed in Orleans Parish. On June 1, he was transported to the St. Tammany Parish Jail and booked on warrants for the following charges:

L.R.S. 14:62 Simple Burglary

L.R.S. 14:69b(2) Illegal Possession of Stolen Things Over $5,000

L.R.S. 40:1752 Handling of Machine Guns (5 counts)

L.R.S. 14:6715 Theft of Firearms (45 counts)

L.R.S. 14:92a(11)b Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor

L.R.S. 14:95.1 Possession of Firearm or Carrying Concealed Weapon by a Person Convicted of Certain Felonies


The investigation relative to this burglary, as well as other gun store burglaries on the Northshore, is ongoing.

“Protecting the communities of St. Tammany Parish is a vital part of our mission,” said ATF New Orleans Field Division Special Agent in Charge Kurt Thielhorn. “ATF will continue to provide expertise and resources to investigate burglaries of lawful enterprises that are part of the community. I would like to thank all of our law enforcement partners for working tirelessly to ensure justice will be served.”

Sheriff Randy Smith thanks all of the other agencies involved who continue to work together with our deputies to bring justice for our local gun store owners. “Arrests like these would not be possible if it wasn’t for the joint effort of law enforcement working together,” Sheriff Smith said.

PHOTO: Suspect Richard Jones, courtesy of STPSO

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