Five implicated in vandalism of house; $25,000 damage estimated
Kerry Craig | News-Telegram Assistant Editor

Aug. 31, 2006 -- Sheriff's officers said Thursday morning that two juveniles and three adults were involved in the vandalism of a rural home that resulted in more than $25,000 damage.

Late Wednesday evening, owners of a recently purchased house on County Road 2301 contacted Hopkins County Sheriff's deputies after finding a window broken out of the unoccupied home.

When deputies arrived, they found a back door had been kicked in and a lot of damage inside, according to HCSO Investigator Lewis Tatum.

"They got in the residence and found a massive amount of criminal mischief," Tatum said. "All the windows were busted, cabinets busted, mirrors busted, and all the light fixtures and ceiling fans torn out of the house."

After taking the initial report, Tatum said he started canvassing the neighborhood and found evidence connected with the vandalism that led to a nearby residence.

"We started interviewing some subjects and we've got two juveniles in custody, and by the end of this evening we will have three more adults for a total of five in all."

When asked about a motive for the vandalism, Tatum said they were just kids.

"Some of them were skipping school, just trying to be tough," the investigator said. "They spray-painted a great amount of graffiti on the ceilings, walls and floors."

The adults suspected in the criminal mischief will be facing felony charges. The juveniles were turned over to probation authorities, according to Tatum.

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