Teens linked to vandalism spree arrested

Police: Evidence found at teens' homes

CHULA VISTA, Calif. - Two 16-year-old boys were in custody Wednesday on suspicion of using BB guns to vandalize at least 42 vehicles over three nights in southeastern Chula Vista, police said.

The teens were arrested Tuesday and may face charges of felony vandalism in connection with the vandalism spree that occurred earlier this week, Chula Vista police said.

"It's caused thousands of dollars in damage and some upset residents," Chula Vista police Lt. Lon Turner said. "Typically you'll find random acts of vandalism, but to go on a spree like this, it's pretty uncommon."

Glenn Bangate, who lives in the neighborhood and noticed glass sprinkled across the streets, said, "They're punks, brats. [They] have no regard for the safety of others."

Bagante's neighbor, Juan Rico, is back to carpooling with his mom and sister.

"They hit it with a BB gun," Rico said pointing to the window of a Buick. "I guess it just went through. It didn't crack it and then they also got my brother's car."

Rico had a message for the suspects: "I don't know why you did it, but it's not nice to do … I mean, it affects people's lives."

Police learned the juveniles were in an older white BMW. With the help of residents and a security guard, they were able to pull a license plate from surveillance video.

Police also searched the teens' homes on Tuesday and allegedly found a BB gun and a gallon-sized bag of pellets in one suspect's home and four additional BB guns in the second suspect's home, which police now have in their possession.

Turner told 10News there might be another suspect since a third person was seen in the car.

Damage to the vehicles, which included broken windows, may be in the tens of thousands of dollars.

"They owe 42 people a lot of money," Bangate said.

Turner has asked anyone who believes their car was vandalized and has not reported it to call the Chula Vista Police Department at 619-691-5151.



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