Howard City vandals apprehended


By Elisabeth Waldon • Last Updated 9:46 am on Friday, August 10, 2012

hree Howard City-area youths have been apprehended after allegedly causing mischief and vandalism throughout the village this summer. Incidents included spraypainted vehicles, homes and other property. — Courtesy photo

HOWARD CITY — Three juveniles have been identified after a rash of summer crime throughout Howard City.

According to Howard City Police Chief Steve DeWitt, the three Howard City-area youths, two age 15 and one age 14, are responsible for spray painting cars, trailers and other property, egging homes and cars and pounding on the doors of homes and running away throughout this summer.

Six vehicles, RVs and properties were spray painted Monday night near Ensley Park in downtown Howard City. Damaged property included a village stop sign. The silver spray paint was used for painting letters, Nazi symbols and a crude replica of male body parts, according to DeWitt.

The suspects admitted to being involved in the summer-long mischief and vandalism.

Reports will be forwarded to Montcalm County Probate/Juvenile Court for prosecution an restitution. DeWitt is also working on another case involving juveniles who reportedly tell their parents they are going to spend the night at a friend’s house, then sneak out and roam throughout the village, causing damage instead.

“We’ve been closing in on the responsible juveniles by speaking to neighbors and tracking where they had last been seen running to in the past couple weeks,” DeWitt said. “Officers have been doing extra foot patrol in the area at night.”

DeWitt asks anyone who has had an unreported vandalism incident to call his office at (231) 937-4111.

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