Three people, two adults and a juvenile, have been charged with damaging the new glass restroom on the square.
The vandals, according to Sulphur Springs Police Chief Jim Bayuk, entered the mirrored glass restroom on Nov. 24 and left their mark.
“All three did some autographing there which corresponds with each individual,” Chief Bayuk said. “There was some information on Facebook that was very helpful, but the key on this was the video surveillance.”
Using surveillance video, SSPD Det. Sgt. Monty Tipps solved the case on Thursday.
“One of the individuals was a 19-year-old male from Hopkins County. He is already on felony probation for burglary. There was another adult, a 17-year-old female, also from Hopkins County, and a 14-year-old juvenile who was female,” Bayuk said. “We had two females and a male. They all three confessed to writing on the mirrors.”
All three vandals left tips as to who caused the damage.
“All three did some autographing in the restroom which corresponds with each individual,” Chief Bayuk said.
The city has a number of high-resolution cameras mounted around the square that are monitored around the clock in the police department communications center. The video is recorded and police were able to use the video to identify the vandals.
City Manager Marc Maxwell was pleased that the cameras helped to quickly resolve the crime.
“The cameras are working out great,” Maxwell said. “The resolution is so high we can count the freckles on their faces.”
Chief Bayuk said the case has been referred to County Attorney Dusty Rabe for prosecution.
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