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4 Juveniles Charged with Burglary 1st, Criminal Mischief 1st and 3rd

Date of News Release: 07/20/2005

(Livingston, KY.) Arrests were made and charges filed against four juveniles for a crime spree committed in Salem during the early morning hours of 07/20/2005. Initially, a call was received by Post 1 dispatch of several vehicles that had slashed tires in the area of College and Highland Streets, Salem. A swimming pool owned by victim Alvin Hunter was also severely damaged. A pitch fork was used to perforate the pool sidewalls. It was later determind that the same implement was used to perforate 14 tires on the five different vehicles belonging to the four victims. Some damage to road signs was also reported. Victim Austin Taylor reported being broken in to and a large amount of property (including two long guns) stolen. During the burglary, perpetrators damaged the inside by discharging several fire extinguishers on furnishings.

During the course of the invstigation a trail in wet grass and through a garden lead state police to a residence on College Street. That, coupled with witness statements describing juveniles congregating in the area, led Trooper C.G. Anderson to initiate a knock and talk seeking information in the spree. Four juveniles were located inside and questioned regarding the crimes. All four subsequently confessed to the crime spree, and led the investigator to one juveniles bedroom where all the stolen property was recovered.

The four juveniles were charged and remanded into the custody of the parents, pending action through the court.

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