Teens held in vandal case

Published 9:47 pm Monday, December 24, 2007

By By Lisa Tindell – news editor
Three Brewton teens have been arrested and charged with felonies involving a rash of vandalism spanning more than three weeks and several locations, Brewton Police Monte McGougin said Friday.
The names of the suspects were not released due to their age.
Brewton City Schools Superintendent Lynn Smith said Friday he had not received a full report about the individuals charged in the case. “I haven't gotten any statement from the police on who the vandals are,” Smith said. “We will be waiting on a full report from them to determine what action we will be taking in the matter.”
Vandalism discoveries made prior to Wednesday included spray paintings at T.R. Miller High School stadium and other areas at the school, McGougin said.
Damaged in the Wednesday evening melee was a Brewton police patrol vehicle, Brewton city school bus, an instrument trailer, wall and doorway at the Brewton Area YMCA and a YMCA vehicle, McGougin said.
The instrument trailer will require a new coat of paint, Smith said. The buses involved in the incident have mostly been cleaned; however, some may require spot painting to cover the damage done.
Brewton police were involved with an investigation into the incidents with cooperation from the victims.
An estimated cost to repair all of the damage was not available at press time. McGougin said costs to repaint and replace decals on the patrol vehicle will cost about $3,500.
The acts committed by the suspects are ones law enforcement officials find senseless, McGougin said. “This is something we simply are not going to tolerate,” McGougin said. “We will investigate any acts of vandalism and work to arrest those responsible for this type of activity.”
Anyone with additional information concerning these or other cases of vandalism is asked to call Brewton Police at 867-3132.