Teens face charges in thefts

Published 12:00 am Thursday, June 30, 2016

Editor’s note: This story clarifies information reported Tuesday and corrects the age of one of the suspects.

LaGRANGE — Three teens are accused of breaking into more than 20 vehicles last week and another is charged with receiving some of the stolen items. All face gang participation charges.

William Durga, 17, is charged with theft by receiving stolen property, possession of a handgun while under 21 and five gang participation charges. Sheriff’s officials allege he was in possession of some of the stolen items.

Kelton Flowers, 17, is charged with 10 counts of entering automobiles; one count each of altering ID on a weapon, theft by receiving a stolen vehicle, carrying weapons within school safety zones and possession of a handgun under 21; and 13 counts of gang participation.

Ramon Leslie, 18, is charged with 11 counts of entering automobiles and 11 gang participation charges.

Nathan Wilborn, 19, is charged with 12 counts of entering automobiles, one count of robbery by purse snatching and 13 gang participation charges.

More than 20 vehicles were entered, mostly in subdivisions in the west side of Troup County, and weapons, cash, wallets, purses, IDs and financial cards were taken, said sheriff’s officials. There was no estimate available of the total value of items stolen, but officials said previously some of the property was recovered and slated to be returned to owners.