16 separate complaints of vandalism or theft from across Shawnee County and West Topeka have been connected to three Topeka teens. The teens, are now in custody.
Nicolette Schleisman spoke with one woman who says her car was hit by the vandals.
“I don’t know what I’m going to do,” said Pamela Matusik, a victim of vandalism.
Pamela Matusik just moved to the Montera neighborhood in Shawnee County a week ago.
“I don’t think this is a violent neighborhood,” said Matusik.
Sunday, she woke up to a broken window on her van. But she was not the only one.
“The officer came up and said I was like the 4th that had called in, it was like 8 o’clock in the morning.. I know he woke up a couple people on the same block,” said Matusik.
Topeka Police Captain, Brian Desch, says Montara is one of the neighborhoods linked to three Topeka teens who went on a crime spree over the weekend.
“Some good police work by a police officer led to the arrest of a juvenile for an auto theft that actually occurred Thursday night, Friday morning, that car was then used throughout the weekend and was connected to numerous other crimes,” said Matusik.
The investigation is still in the early stages, but right now, Desch says there is about eight cases connected to these teens from the county and another eight cases from the city. That is a total of 16, and there could be more.
“If anybody has had a car window or house window broken out over the weekend, and not reported it, we’d like them to report that,” said Desch.
Two 15 year-olds and a 14 year old were arrested Sunday afternoon. The investigation indicates their crimes include: car theft, car burglaries, forgery, and numerous counts of vandalism of windows shot out with a BB gun.
Matusik calls it a lesson learned.
“A lot of stuff of mine is in there, so yeah. I think I’ll move it somewhere else,” said Matusik.
Police are looking for a black BB gun, like a CO2 Pistol. They believe it could be involved in the crimes over the weekend. If you think you have found the gun, you are asked to contact Topeka police.
Three juveniles were taken into custody Sunday afternoon after investigation led to their arrest in an auto theft case.
Two of the youths were 15 and one was 14 years of age. All of them are from Topeka. Further investigation has now linked these youths and possibly others in a spree of criminal events over the weekend.
Initial investigation indicates the crimes include burglary and theft to vehicles, forgery and numerous vandalisms across the city and county. The police department has already taken several vandalism reports for windows being shot out with a BB gun.
If anyone had a car window or house window shot out over the weekend and has not reported it, please report that to either the Topeka Police Department or Shawnee Sheriff’s Office depending on the location of the crime.
The investigation into this series of crimes is still in the initial stages and will continue over the next several days.