Lawrence police have identified four boys who may be responsible for between 54 and 57 cases of vandalism across the city that cost car owners, business owners and residents about $14,600.
Police Lt. Larry Loveland this morning said that between Dec. 14 and Thursday, the boys allegedly used BB guns to shoot out windows in cars, residences and businesses. The parent of one boy brought in two BB guns after the boy was called in to answer some questions about the incidents.
"It is believed that one or maybe both (guns) were stolen from Wal-Mart," Loveland said. Loveland said he did not know whether anyone at the Wal-Mart store, 2727 Iowa, had reported thefts of BB guns.
Lawrence police Sgt. Mark Warren said the boys were not detained and were released to the custody of their parents. Warren said that the investigation would continue and that once the reports were complete, copies would be sent to the Douglas County district attorney's office to determine whether a juvenile complaint will be filed.
Dist. Atty. Jerry Wells Tuesday said he was gathering more information about 10 reports of mailbox bombings during November that have been linked to several Lawrence High School students.
Police reported that from Nov. 13 to 17, homemade explosive devices were placed in mailboxes located mostly in west Lawrence and Old West Lawrence. The explosives damaged or destroyed the mailboxes. No injuries were reported.