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April 28, 2023

Juveniles Caught After Thefts and Big Time Damage at Percy Quin State Park

On Sunday (April 23, 2023), six (6) juveniles were dropped off in front of the Lodge at Percy Quin State Park. The juveniles then broke into the Lodge and began vandalizing the interior. Every fire extinguisher was discharged inside of the Lodge. vending machines and video games were damaged, candy and change were stolen from the machines, and twelve (12) 43 inch Skyworth televisions were stolen. 

The juveniles then went next door to the Convention Center, where they broke into the building. Again, they discharged all the fire extinguishers and caused over $10,000 in damage to the interior of the Convention Center.

The Pike County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigation Division along with McComb and Amite County School Resource Officers were able to identify the six juveniles and recover one television. The juveniles will be transferred to the Pike County Youth Court for Burglary, Felony Malicious Mischief and Grand Larceny. More charges may be filed against the juveniles and/or their parents/guardians as the investigation is ongoing. The parents/guardians can be ordered by the Court to pay for damages and stolen property. 

If you or anyone you know may be in possession of one or more of these televisions are encouraged to call the Pike County Sheriff's Office at 601-783-6767, Central Dispatch at 601-783-2323, or Pike County Crime Stoppers @ 601-869-7141. You may also leave an anonymous tip on the Crime Stoppers of South Central Mississippi Facebook page.

All of the televisions serial numbers have been entered into the national database as stolen.

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