Monday, February 28, 2005
GRANGER - When five Granger teens were stopped in a routine traffic stop early Sunday morning in the 200 block of E Street, Granger police didn't at first know who they had stopped.
Taking the teens into custody for possession and consumption of alcohol, it wasn't until police began to further the investigation that they found that four of the juveniles are also believed to be responsible for vandalizing multiple cars in Granger, Sunnyside, Toppenish and Zillah.
In Granger, the windows of 30 vehicles were shot out with pellets, according to Granger Police Chief Robert Perales.
He added that there were numerous vehicles also damaged in Sunnyside, Toppenish and Zillah over the past week. The spree began Feb. 23.
The total number of vehicles damaged is still unknown, but in Sunnyside, there were reports of damaged vehicle windows at 20 different addresses, which police believe the teens also damaged. Some of the Sunnyside homes had multiple vehicles damaged.
Granger police forwarded the names of the four suspects to nearby communities, where charges are expected to be filed.
So far, the teens are facing multiple counts of second and third degree malicious mischief.