BARSTOW, Calif. – Four teen boys, all on active probation at the time of the incident, were arrested for vandalism of patrol vehicle.
On Wednesday, June 5, 2019, at around 1:38 p.m. dispatchers received a report that four shirtless male juveniles were dancing and jumping on top of a police vehicle in the 800 block of Rimrock Road. Officers responded to the area and saw four teens matching the description walking away from the vehicle. The teens, two 14-year-olds, one 15-year-old, and one 16-year-old, were detained. The officer looked at the vehicle and noticed extensive damage to the roof and hood. He saw shoe prints on the hood, windshield and roof of the vehicle. When compared to the teen’s shoes, it was determined that the print was consistent with the prints found on the vehicle.
The damage to the vehicle was determined to be around $2500. A criminal history check on the teens revealed that all of them were on active probation for unrelated offenses. Probation officers responded to assist in the investigation. Officers arrested the boys and the witness positively identified them as the teens seen damaging the patrol vehicle. Additional evidence linking them to the incident was also located.
The juveniles were subsequently booked at the High Desert Juvenile Detention Center in Apple Valley, California for Felony Vandalism.
Anyone with additional information regarding this investigation may contact Officer Phillip Ragle at the Barstow Police Department (760) 256-2211. Those wishing to remain anonymous may also report criminal activity by calling the WE-Tip hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or may leave information on the We-Tip website at www.wetip.com.
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