Three teens charged with thefts, car vandalism

Published 10:56am Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Three teens accused of breaking into cars and shooting out windows in Fergus Falls over the last month were charged in juvenile court late last week.

Two of the three teens (a 16-year-old boy and 17-year-old girl) are from rural Fergus Falls, while another 17-year-old boy is from Henning. Court records indicate that a fourth juvenile male may have been involved in some of the incidents, but information about him has not been released.

All three teens were charged with felony drive-by shooting toward a motor vehicle or building, first-degree criminal damage to property, and gross misdemeanor theft. The 16-year-old was also charged with felony theft of a firearm.

The investigation into the string of vandalism and thefts, which went on for several weeks, received a big break on July 26, court records report. On that day, a man reported to police that he had information that the teens had committed many of the break-ins and vandalism. He had also allegedly seen the BB gun used in the shootings, a mini-pistol with a laser sight.

Following up on the information, the police eventually interviewed all four juveniles about their involvement. A laser sight and a magazine with BB ammunition in it were allegedly found in the girl’s car.

Eventually, the teens allegedly admitted to police that they were behind several of the thefts. The 16-year-old said they had gone out to steal from cars about five times, each time hitting approximately five cars. The two boys would do most of the stealing while the girl would act as the lookout. Among the items they allegedly stole (which police value at $500 or more) were iPods, a GPS, cell phones and more.

The teens also allegedly admitted shooting at car windows from the girl’s moving car, with her driving while they shot. Property damaged caused by the vandalism is estimated to be at least $1,800.

During the investigation, police also recognized that one of the BB guns used by the teens matched the description of one recently stolen from Walmart. Security stills from that incident allegedly appear to match the appearance of the 16-year-old.

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