Two Wellington juvenile suspects were apprehended for 5 burglaries over the past month (updated 2:35 p.m.)

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (41) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +24 Vote up Vote down Anonymous · 361 weeks ago Good news to hear… now hit em hard!!! No plea bargains… if we go soft on them now they’ll go into adulthood thinking this is okay behavior, and they’ll just be back in the system again in a few years. The voters of this county elected Kerwin Spencer to get tough on crime, and we’ll be watching to make sure he does… Report Reply 0 replies · active 361 weeks ago +22 Vote up Vote down mom2mykids · 361 weeks ago Awesome that they caught them…but really sad that these kids think its okay to steal at such a young age…I sure hope they change their life…and take a better road…I can tell ya..if it were my kids…I would have a paddle waiting to bust their butts so hard…they wouldn’t want to chance it again… Report Reply 0 replies · active 361 weeks ago +12 Vote up Vote down Harry · 361 weeks ago It pays to invest in camera’s at all property’s. Out of sight out of minds until they are caught. Report Reply 0 replies · active 361 weeks ago +21 Vote up Vote down Imagine · 361 weeks ago What the hell are these kids doing out at this time of night anyways? That’s where the parents need to swat their backsides!!! Report Reply 0 replies · active 361 weeks ago -7 Vote up Vote down JustMe · 361 weeks ago Throw the book at em! Ooooh……wait…..one plays high school football? I’m sure he’s a good kid and is really sorry. Hasn’t he suffered enough? How about we make him write an “I’m sorry” letter to the victims. That should take care of it. Now the other kid….you know, the one that doesn’t play high school football….throw the book at HIM!. Report Reply 6 replies · active 361 weeks ago +11 Vote up Vote down That guy · 361 weeks ago Just cause he plays football doesn’t make him a good kid I know who did this and they both diserve juvinal time Report Reply 0 replies · active 361 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down Larry · 361 weeks ago Don’t go and paddle or swat their backsides or they with become the victim and you will become criminal. Now I agree that is what they need but there are people out there that say they are just misunderstood and crying for help. Well my parents listen to my cry for help when they paddled my backside. Report Reply 1 reply · active 361 weeks ago +21 Vote up Vote down Harry · 361 weeks ago Have them stand in the center of the round about holding a sign. I am a thief. Report Reply 3 replies · active 361 weeks ago +6 Vote up Vote down anonymous · 361 weeks ago Clean this town up. Thieves, liars, bad check writers, credit card defrauders, people who grill steaks and drink but don’t put shoes on their kids’ feet. Slam dunk city! Report Reply 0 replies · active 361 weeks ago +11 Vote up Vote down concernedaunt · 361 weeks ago I don’t want to be negative about this situation but I believe that there are some kids,teenagers and adults that need to be taught that they cannot get away with the illegal situations they get and put themselves in. I don’t care what part of town you come from or who your family is. This has to STOP!!! Yes I know some will say they come from a poor or bad family or they don’t have much and they need to be given a chance or they need meds. Come on it is what it is. Let’s become mature,sensible people and get our acts together. Just saying enough is enough. Report Reply 0 replies · active 361 weeks ago 12Next » Post a new comment Enter text right here! 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Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington Police Department has apprehended and identified two Wellington juvenile suspects who are alleged to have been involved with five burglaries over a month’s time including the Wellington Recreation Commission Center, Cases Country Cafe in downtown Wellington and the Assembly of God Church at 202 S. Jefferson.The names of the suspects, both 15 years old, will not be released by authorities or published by Sumner Newscow because they are juveniles. One suspect is a member of the Wellington High School football team and was sporting a mohawk hairdo and bleached hair color during the alleged crime that took place on the south side of the WRC building at 1:50 a.m. Sunday morning.WRC Director Cody White said a surveillance camera was placed above the south side WRC entry way, after the building was burglarized twice before (see story here). White said the camera was hooked up to a DVR system inside the building and the tape shows the two suspects attempted break-in.“Ultimately, it was his hair cut that did them in,” White said of identifying one of the suspects. “There was a moment on the surveillance camera where a face was shown. But that wasn’t how we identified him. It was the mohawk.”The Wellington football team has a traditional weekly haircut party on Thursday evening before a game where many members of the team cut and dye their hair as a ritual. After viewing the tape, White went down to observe a high school football practice Monday afternoon, but did not see a person sporting a similar haircut. A Wellington police officer had better luck after observing the tape. He went to a Wellington junior varsity football game played at Sellers Park Monday evening and found a player sporting a similar haircut, White said.Wellington head coach Tyler Ryan said the person in question is no longer on the football team. The boy was taken into custody Monday evening, where he allegedly confessed to two previous Wellington rec building robberies, the Country Cafe robbery (see story here), and a couple of break-ins at the Assembly of God Church. It was through the interview and confession, that the second suspect was identified.The WRC had been broken into twice where more than $300 in cash and several video games were taken. Original surveillance camera equipment was also stolen.A new surveillance camera system was set up. White said when he went to work on Monday morning, he noticed the camera above the south entrance was stolen.He immediately went to his office and used the DVR for which the camera was connected.White said there was a dance on Saturday evening ending around 11 p.m. So he started looking at the tape and at 1:50 a.m. according to the system’s clock, two juveniles entered the camera view. One male was wearing eyeglasses, a mohawk and wearing shorts. The second subject had dark colored hair. Both males were shirtless and using their shirts to cover their faces, obviously discovering the camera.White said initially when he saw the two boys on tape, he took it down to the police station where police analyzed it and decided to release it to the media for public help. He then went back and viewed the video a second time and discovered there was a second stint in which the juveniles returned maybe 10 to 15 minutes later with a more incriminating view of the suspects. It showed that the two boys had crow bars and had climbed to the place where the camera was situated and was forcefully removed. The DVR tape went blank thereafter.White said the camera, valued at $160, was eventually discovered in one of the suspect’s neighbors’ backyard.“My suspicions were correct all along in that these were two kids who had been to a lot of Wellington rec activities,” White said. “One was a regular participant at the after school programs and both had been at several Redline dances. So they knew their way around.”Wellington Police Chief Tracy Heath said with the confession there is enough evidence to connect the robberies with those at the Country Cafe and Assembly of God. More than $1,000 in cash was taken from the downtown business on 107 W. Harvey. It is now up to Sumner County Attorney Kerwin Spencer what will happen next.“Kudos to Mr. White for his diligence on this case,” Heath said. “He assisted us tremendously especially with the video equipment. I know a lot of businesses may not be able to afford video surveillance cameras. But if they could it would be a huge advantage to us when these type of crime occur.”Heath said because of the camera, the two juveniles did not enter the rec building Sunday morning.“One can most certainly conclude that to go to the same location three different times to burglarize the same building is most certainly a ‘bold’ decision on their part,” Heath said.Country Cafe was closed for a week after the burglary to its business, but it reopened on Monday.“Hopefully, this will be something these two young men will learn a lesson from and become better citizens down the road,” Heath said. “Burglaries are such a personal crime because you are taking away someone’s personal property. In these cases not only were you hurting the people who work at the rec center, the restaurant and the church, but you are hurting all those who use those places.”last_img

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