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3 teens make bond in vandalism case

September 11, 2012

Three of the four Big Spring teens arrested Monday in connection with August's vandalism of the local Vietnam Memorial have been released on bond, according to law enforcement officials.

Four teens — all students at Big Spring High School — were arrested Monday morning as a result of the investigation into the vandalization, which is believed to have happened the weekend of Aug. 25.

Those arrested were:

• Devan James Cook, 17, of 2613 Albrook, on charges of criminal mischief – damage to school, church or monument and tampering with or fabricating physical evidence with intent to impair.

• Anthony Alphonso Lewis, 17, of 806 E. 15th St., on a charge of criminal mischief – damage to school, church or monument.

• Nicholas Lee Sharp, 17, of 2611 Chanute, on charges of criminal mischief – damage to school, church or monument and tampering with or fabricating physical evidence with intent to impair.

• Kevin Logan Towner, 17, of 2414 N. Anderson Rd., on charges of criminal mischief – damage to school, church or monument and tampering with or fabricating physical evidence with intent to impair.

According to officials with the Howard County Detention Center, bond was set for all four students Monday, with the criminal mischief charges drawing a $2,500 bond and the charge of tampering with or fabricating physical evidence with intent to impair drawing a $3,000 bond.

As of this morning, all of the teens except Sharp had been released on bond. Sharp was still in the custody of the county detention center.
Damage at the memorial was limited mainly to the AH-1 “Apache” helicopter and the Fallen Soldier Memorial case.

Sgt. Tony Everett, public information officer with the Big Spring Police Department, said the suspects climbed onto the helicopter display and broke a window valued at approximately $2,000, taking the mannequin inside.

The teens also allegedly broke into the memorial's Fallen Soldier Memorial case, taking a web belt and canteen and causing major damage to the display.

Everett said Monday morning some of the items taken have been recovered.
“Last weekend, one of the members of the Vietnam Memorial Committee who takes care of the grounds discovered several items had been dropped off,” Everett said. “A white helmet, the mannequin's head, the flight suit the mannequin was wearing and the canteen from the memorial case were found, along with a note. The note said they were sorry for taking the items and didn't mean to offend anyone.”

Everett said the charges for tampering with evidence stems from the returned items.

“They wiped all of the items they returned down, getting rid of any fingerprints,” he said. “That's why they are being charged with tampering with evidence.”

Everett said the arrests were made thanks to a tip from Crimestoppers.

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