A Covington resident who startled two black males sleeping on her back porch yesterday (December 13), called Covington police to report they had left behind a police style assault rifle. Around the same time, a business called Covington police reporting that they found a gun stand from a police vehicle laying near the gate to the business.
An investigation revealed the .223 assault rifle belonged to Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries and was assigned to an Agent living in the Covington area. The Agent did not realize his vehicle had been burglarized and he discovered that a Remingon 870 shotgun was also taken.
The two suspects (Cole A. Anderson, Jr. (17) and a 15-year-old), both from Covington, were located at McDonald's on Claiborne Hill and arrested after a brief foot pursuit. The two were uncooperative when questioned about the location of the missing shotgun.
Both were charged with Illegal Possession of a Stolen Firearm and Resisting an Officer. Anderson was also charged with Contributing to the Delinquency of a Juvenile. More charges are likely as the two fit the description of suspects in two vehicle burglaries.