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Archive for Thursday, July 8, 2004

21-year-old charged in November vandalisms

Suspect surrenders; prosecutor credits work by police officers

July 8, 2004

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After an eight-month investigation, three discarded suspects and a trail of broken glass, police and prosecutors say they've caught the person responsible for a citywide BB gun vandalism spree.

"This was a very complicated case that officers continued to work, even once they thought that they had the right suspects," Dist. Atty. Christine Kenney said.

Jeremy W. Wilson, 21, Lawrence, was arrested Tuesday and charged Wednesday in Douglas County District Court with a total of 44 counts, including 31 counts of criminal damage, three counts of auto burglary and one count of intimidating a witness.

More than 22 people in all parts of the city reported windows damaged on their cars or businesses the night of Nov. 10. Lawrence Police initially said the suspects were three teenagers found with a BB gun in their car after they hit a utility pole the same day near Monterey Way and Peterson Road.

Prosecutors went on to charge one of the teens, a 17-year-old boy, but dropped the case after they developed information about Wilson, Kenney said.

A warrant was issued last month for Wilson's arrest, and he turned himself in to police on Tuesday. Wilson has no connection to any of the previous suspects, officials said.

Wilson also is charged with theft and criminal use of a financial card. During Wilson's first appearance Wednesday, Judge Pro Tem Peggy Kittel set bond at $10,000.

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