Washington police think they have identified seven suspects involved in an early-morning crime spree around town.
Charges are pending against two adults and five juveniles for their involvement in burglary, stealing and property damage at three locations in the city earlier this month.
All seven suspects are males and are current or former Washington High School students with the oldest being 17 years old.
Between Sept. 9 and Sept. 11, Washington police took reports for three separate instances that officers later realized were all connected.
The incidents include a reported burglary at Washington High School. Just after midnight Saturday, Sept. 9, surveillance video showed a group entered the building.
The group shot off a fire extinguisher, damaged a vending machine and pushed a minifridge down a stairwell. A school employee noticed the minifridge and called police Monday, Sept. 11.
Police also received another report of stolen items from the Lakeview Park concession stand. The stand was last used Thursday, Sept. 7, and on Sept. 11 items were reported missing. The stand was broken into and candy, soda and Gatorade were taken.
Police also were investigating property damage at a laundromat at an apartment complex in the 700 block of Horn Street. Police said someone broke the glass of a vending machine, but not before preventing the security camera from recording.
After breaking the glass, the thief took several snack-food items and left the scene.
Officers originally didn’t think all three cases were connected, but were able to tie the three together.
After an investigation, police believe the group of seven teens committed the acts between midnight and 4 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 9.
Washington Detective Sgt. Steve Sitzes said police were able to identify the suspects thanks to the Washington High School Resource Officer, Doug Tollison. Tollison reviewed the security footage and, even with the teens covering their faces, recognized one of the group.
The suspect was brought in for questioning. Through various interviews with six of the suspects, police were able to connect the dots and figure out more information about each incident.
Sitzes said the suspects could be facing multiple charges of stealing, property damage and burglary.