Grand Island PD solves BB gun vandal cases

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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) Grand Island police say five teenage boys are responsible for a rash of vandalism this past winter.

A box full of completed reports on Grand Island vandalism cases. Courtesy: Grand Island Police Department

They have completed reports requesting charges for three 15 year old Grand Island males, one 14 year old Grand Island male, and one 17 year old Grand Island male.

The charges are for 74 incidents of criminal mischief, primarily involving the use of BB guns, that occurred between late January and mid-February of this year. Those reports will be forwarded to the Hall County Attorney’s Office where charging decisions will be made.

"I think it's concerning just the number of vandalisms. It doesn't matter if it's one suspect, multiple suspects, related or not related. Just the sheer number of incidents that we're investigating right now is concerning to us," said Capt. Jim Duering, Grand Island Police Department.

Total damage for these incidents is estimated at nearly $30,000. Side windows were smashed out, and many vehicles had body panel damage. While the reports came from all over the city, a lot of them were from the northeast and north-central part of town.

Duering said they don't think the winter string of vandalisms are related to the most recent ones from April.

"We're not looking at them as related cases. The method of operation was just a little bit different. Also, some of the suspect information we have in those cases points to a different set of suspects," Duering said.

GIPD received more than 30 reports of BB gun related incidents mid-April. These were also spread out throughout town, but a lot of them were in the Riverside neighborhood. Back windows were busted out, and side mirrors ripped off with a blunt object.

This investigation is still ongoing.

"Putting the evidence together, and talking to all these people, it just takes time and a lot of resources. Those aren't two things that we have in plenty. We just work on things as fast as we can, but we do have some good leads," Duering said.

He said it's possible they could see more of these incidents over the summer, especially since kids are out of school.

Police ask if you have any information that could assist their investigation to give them a call at 308-385-5400.

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