Teen arrested in North High School, gun store vandalism

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WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018

A 16-year-old boy has been arrested in connection with vandalism at North High School a local gun store.

Police say the teen was booked into the Juvenile Detention Center on charges of auto theft, destruction to property, attempted burglary, criminal possession of a firearm by a juvenile and intimidation.

The investigation is still on-going.
Wichita police are looking for two people they believe are responsible for vandalism at North High School and a local gun dealer.

Officers were called to the high school around 6:20 a.m. on Tuesday where they found damage to the school's gym doors and a fire hydrant on the school’s property.

Around 9:30 a.m., officers responded to a burglary call at P4 Firearms, 1556 N. Broadway, where they found damage to the front doors of the business. Nothing was taken.

Investigators learned overnight two people used a blue Ford Van and a tow rope at P4 Firearms attempting to force open the front doors, causing damage. The same blue Ford Van was then driven onto the North High school’s property and backed into the gym doors causing damage to the doors and building and striking a fire hydrant.

The district says nothing was taken from the school. School maintenance crews were able to board up the damaged areas and class continued as normal.

The following note was sent to families:

Good morning, North parents. Unfortunately, as many of you know, someone vandalized our building prior to school this morning by backing a vehicle into one of our doorways. Our district crews were able to quickly take care of the damage and the school day proceeded as normal. If anyone has information about who may have done this, please contact North High School administration, security, SRO, or use the Speak Up program. Those who share information will remain anonymous and could be eligible for a Crime Stoppers award.

Thank you for your continued support of North High.

Police located the blue van in the 1400 block of N. Emporia and determined it was stolen. The vandals were not around.

Anyone with information about the vandalism is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 316-267-2111 or WPD Detectives at 316-268-4407.