Vandalism among big items in crime spree
Baldwin City police were busy Saturday night and early Sunday morning with a crime spree that began in FireTree Estates and eventually wound up at Baldwin High School where vandals spray-painted buildings and other items in the area.
Along the way there were reports of a stolen car, damage to vehicles and theft from vehicles. Although the police are investigating and fingerprints have been sent to the Kansas Bureau of Investigation lab, there were no suspects as of Tuesday.
“I think it was the tail end of a spree that ran through FireTree,” said Interim Police Chief Greg Neis about the damage done at BHS, Baldwin Junior High School and other locations in the area. “I’m very disappointed that several young people can do that kind of damage to their town and their school.”
However, the damage was kept to a minimum because the vandals used spray paint designed to mark athletic fields, not paint buildings. The suspects broke into a shed north of the high school where four cases of the paint were stored. They used a case of it to mark up the front of the high school, junior high and a radar detection machine on Quayle Street. It happened sometime after 4 a.m. Von Bargen Painting used a power washer to remove the paint Sunday morning.
Neis said the stolen car was a 1997 Saturn, which was taken from the 400 block of Flame. The keys were in the vehicle and Neis said it’s unknown if the vandals were involved.
“We’re not sure,” he said. “It seems likely it’s tied in, but we have no proof.”
Several other cars were broken into and they were also unlocked. The biggest item taken was a GPS device. Several other cars were damaged and someone saw the 14-to-15-year-olds in hooded sweatshirts doing damage to one of the cars around 4 a.m.
Surveillance video from the high school also showed one of the suspects at 4:45 a.m. However, he could not be identified.
“We got a picture of one of them through two sets of glass,” said Neis.