Juveniles in custody after firearms seized

Published 6:13 pm Thursday, May 31, 2018

Six juveniles taken into custody Wednesday by Vicksburg police in connection with the seizure of firearms at an apartment on Fisher Ferry Road have been charged with residential burglary and possession of a firearm, Sgt. Johnnie Edwards said.

Edwards said the six teens, ages 15 to 17, are being held in the Warren County Youth Detention Center after a Youth Court hearing Thursday. Their names were not released pending possible certification as adults by the courts.

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The six were taken into custody after officers executed a search warrant on an apartment at the Azalea Trace Apartments, 320 Fisher Ferry Road, seizing at least seven guns “and a lot of ammunition,” Edwards said, adding the search warrant was the result of a tip from a concerned citizen who contacted a police officer.

Edwards said police recovered seven guns from the apartment.

Edwards said the citizen told the officer the juveniles had been talking to people about selling the weapons. The case remains under investigation.

He said the teens are believed to have been involved in two Tuesday night burglaries: a storage unit burglary occurring about 7:39 p.m. on Fisher Ferry Road in which a power tool and a safe with .357 Magnum and .38-caliber ammunition were taken, and the burglary of a home about 9:29 p.m. in the 200 block of Azalea Lane, in which rifles, a shotgun, a handgun, a knife and 750 rounds of 7.62 mm ammunition were taken.

He said one of the weapons taken in the Azalea Lane burglary was recovered, and police are continuing their search for the other guns.

About John Surratt

John Surratt is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a degree in general studies. He has worked as an editor, reporter and photographer for newspapers in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. He has been a member of The Vicksburg Post staff since 2011 and covers city government. He and his wife attend St. Paul Catholic Church and he is a member of the Port City Kiwanis Club.

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