BOAZ, Ala. (WHNT) — It took police less than a week to identify and arrest three suspects in a break-in at the Boaz Parks and Recreation department.
They took paint from storage and wrote profane messages and drew obscene images on walls and floors, threw the remaining paint on a truck, and finally slashed its tires.
Surveillance cameras caught three vandals on tape, and Chief Terry Davis said patrol officers got tips about teenage suspects from area residents, including other teenagers.
“We only got two of the names to start with, between the information that patrol had gathered and some of the other things that folks had told us,” Chief Terry Davis said.
“Other folks said you might want to talk with [the third] because he runs around with the others, and based on their interviews and other information we were able to charge them.”
Officers arrested two 15-year-olds Thursday at the alternative school in Marshall County.
Davis said the teens are technically enrolled in the Boaz school system, but have been at the alternative school since the beginning of the fall term.
Police later arrested a 14-year-old, whom Davis said was also not attending Boaz schools.
One 15-year-old is charged with three counts of theft, two counts of criminal mischief, burglary third-degree, and burglary of an automobile.
A second 15-year-old is charged with two counts each of theft and criminal mischief.
The 14-year-old is charged with two counts of theft, two counts of criminal mischief, and burglary third-degree.
“If they haven’t learned now, it’s their own fault,” parks director E.R. Brown said.
“That’s all I can tell them, is cameras are in place. Enter at your own risk.”
Brown requested surveillance cameras after a burglary in 2011, which he and police said ended up being a blessing in disguise.
“The video is a tremendous asset,” Davis said.
“Just everything fell into place real quick and we were very glad to close the case out.”
Police were able to see the color and logos on hooded sweatshirts worn by the suspects, and Davis said one of the teens was wearing the same sweatshirt at the time of his arrest.
The police chief said the thing that bothered him most was Satanic graffiti, including an upside-down cross and “666” painted on walls.
“We talked to them about that to try to figure out what or why, and more or less they said ‘we don’t know, we just wanted to start painting and stuff like that and just did it’. They just said they started spraying paint and throwing paint and things like that,” Davis said.
Brown says he is finalizing insurance for repairs, and does not think the department’s budget for other programs will be impacted.