Two juveniles have been charged with damaging vehicles and police are looking to identify three more juvenile suspects after they were caught throwing rocks at car windows.
Friday night about 7:32 p.m., officers with the LaGrange Police Department responded to the area of Miller Street in reference to damaged vehicles.
Officers arrived and found several vehicles damaged including a Ford Explorer with a shattered rear window, a Honda Accord with a shattered rear window, and a Chevrolet 1500 with a shattered rear window, shattered front passenger window, and cracked windshield.
Rocks were also found inside each vehicle, seeming to indicate they had been used to cause the extensive damage.
Police spoke with the complainant, who stated she drove up around 7 p.m. and spotted four to five juveniles near the damaged vehicles. The juveniles then took off running toward Wilkes Street when they were spotted.
Next, police spoke with the victim, who stated he received a phone call around 6:30 p.m., saying kids were throwing rocks at his vehicles. He then checked the area and saw the juveniles and began following them to Wilkes Street, where he was able to speak with one of the children.
The child then told the victim he was with the juveniles who threw rocks at the vehicles. The victim then spoke to the grandmother of two of the children responsible for the damage and she agreed to pay to fix the vehicles.
The victim stated that he wanted to file a police report to ensure he would be paid for the damages. The damage was estimated at $180 per window, so the five broken windows would cost about $900 to replace.
Police then spoke with the first juvenile, who stated he was walking with two male juveniles and three unknown females, when the others started picking up rocks and throwing them at parked vehicles.
Officers were able to identify and make contact with the male juveniles, ages 8 and 10, and they admitted to throwing the rocks.
Police also spoke with their grandmother, who had spoken with the victim earlier, and issued her juvenile citations on the kids for Second Degree Criminal Damage to Property.
The amount of damage would normally make this incident a felony in Georgia, but the matter will almost assuredly be settled in juvenile court.
Police are still attempting to identify the female juveniles involved.
If anyone has any further information about this incident, please contact the LaGrange Police Department at 706-8832603 at 706-883-2603, the Troup County Crime Stoppers at 706-8121000, or text an anonymous tip to 274637, keyword “LAGRANGE.” Anonymous tips can also be submitted online at www. lagrangega. org.
The author of this article can be reached via email at tmurphy@ troupcountynews. net.