Police catch west Shawnee vandals
Teens caused more than $60,000 in damage
Shawnee police announced Thursday they have found and charged four boys, ages 13 and 14, in vandalism cases that totaled more than $60,000 in damage.
The vandalism occurred between Dec. 24, 2009, and Feb. 21 of this year, including damage to houses under construction in the Grey Oaks subdivision and at Prairie Ridge Elementary, Monticello Trails Middle and Mill Valley High schools, just a few blocks away. Shawnee Police Capt. Bill Hisle said several tips came into the police department about the damage, and detectives with the department’s investigative unit were able to find the four suspects.
Hisle said three of the boys are Shawnee residents and one is a Lee’s Summit, Mo., resident. They are being charged with criminal damage to property; their names have not been released because they are juveniles.
The damage included the following:
• Extensive damage to hardwood floors, carpet, kitchen cabinets and paint, estimated at $13,500 in late December at a home in the 22600 block of 57th Street.
• Extensive damage to carpet, lighting/electrical system and paint, estimated at $3,000 in late December at a home in the 22600 block of 56th St.
• Extensive damage to hardwood floors, carpet, drywall, doors, lighting, glass and paint, estimated at $40,950, in January at a home in the 22500 block of 58th Street.
• Window screens cut and a security card reader destroyed at Prairie Ridge Elementary in February.
• Recycling bin set on fire at Monticello Trails in February.
• Track and field area damaged at Mill Valley in February.