Portage police arrest vandalism suspects

2013-08-21T11:40:00Z 2013-08-21T21:58:38Z Portage police arrest vandalism suspectsTimes Staff nwitimes.com
August 21, 2013 11:40 am  • 

PORTAGE | Two teens were arrested Wednesday morning, suspected in a string of vandalism that caused an estimated $25,000 to $30,000 in damage.

Portage officers and detectives arrested two boys, ages 16 and 17, at their respective high schools in Portage and Hebron.

The arrests came after their parents were uncooperative and did not attend a meeting with Portage detectives that had been scheduled for Tuesday, Police Chief Troy Williams said in a news release.

The two are suspected of being involved in a vandalism spree two weeks ago. Many of the incidents were in the Savannah Heights neighborhood of the city. The incidents included spray painting racial slurs, racial symbols and other things on cars, sidewalks and homes; broken car windows and defecating on one car.

"I want to make a special note of thanks for the public input that our department received after releasing the suspect photos on social and print media," Williams said. "Our detectives worked tirelessly for our residents to bring a resolution to these numerous senseless acts of vandalism, which resulted in this morning’s arrests.

"I would encourage parents to talk with their children about the effects and consequences that these pointless acts of destruction can cause in terms of the distress for the victims and the monetary reimbursement for damages," he said.

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