St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s detectives have arrested Andrew Corkern (20) of Mandeville for damaging and stealing a portion of the town-owned bronze Princess Abita statue last month.
On July 23, a vendor from the Abita Community Market contacted the Sheriff’s Office after he noticed the bronze feather was missing off the town’s statue. An investigation led detectives to obtain a warrant for Corkern’s arrest on August 3. The investigation also uncovered that Corkern was accompanied by other individuals, some of which are underage. A search warrant was executed at Corkern’s residence, but the bronze feather was not recovered.
Corkern was charged with Simple Criminal Damage $500-50,000, Theft Under $750, and Contributing to the Delinquency of a Juvenile
If anyone has information about this case, please call Det. Stephen Lucia at 985-276-1337.