July 18, 1995 in Nation/World

Teen Vandals Go On Rampage In Cda Suspects Smash Or Steal $26,000 Worth Of Property

By The Spokesman-Review

Raleigh Brueher swept up bits of his smashed car window Monday.

“There isn’t one piece of glass in the door frame,” he said. “I was extremely outraged.”

He wasn’t alone.

Police arrested two teens Sunday for allegedly smashing and stealing more than $26,000 worth of property in a Saturday night spree.

“I don’t think there’s any part of the city they missed,” said Coeur d’Alene police Lt. Don Jiran.

Police didn’t release the juveniles’ names, but they said one boy, 16, was from Post Falls and the other, 17, was from Spokane.

By Monday afternoon, investigators had received reports of 42 smashed car windows, one car theft, nine burglarized cars and the theft of $8,000 worth of cash, electronics and golf clubs from the Coeur d’Alene public golf club’s pro shop.

And more reports still were rolling in.

Martha Arneson owns one of the dozens of cars with smashed windows. Police rang her doorbell at 2 a.m. to tell her the news.

“I was pretty upset,” she said. “Then I went for a run in the morning, and they’d got every fourth car.”

Jiran said the teens apparently started shooting out car windows with a Daisy BB gun about 11 p.m. They apparently progressed to smashing out the windows with a baseball bat and stealing car radios and cellular phones.

“They got more and more brazen,” Jiran said.

At 5 a.m., police found the teens walking down Northwest Boulevard near the intersection with Government Way. Their car contained a plastic bag of what police believe is marijuana, plus two pipes, an empty bottle of Jack Daniels whiskey and a half-empty bottle of Scotch.

The car also contained a BB gun, aluminum baseball bat, radar detectors and car stereos.

Jiran said police have not yet located the golf clubs, clothing, video camera, videocassette recorder and nearly $4,000 in cash stolen from the pro shop.

The teens were being held Monday in juvenile detention at the Kootenai County Jail.

“I’m sure the parents will be caught up in the financial end of it,” Jiran said. “Parents are responsible for their children until they have reached the age of adulthood.”

He said the teen suspects haven’t given a motive for the spree.

“I’m sure it’s going to be a real intelligent response,” he said.

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