Sioux Falls, SD
The suspects admit they were shooting at signs and it escalated into cars. By the time an officer stopped them early on Sunday, August 10, court papers say three Sioux Falls teens had shot out more than 100 windows in all corners of the city.
"We, unfortunately, had one of our windows to one of our supervised visitation rooms shot out by the BB. Another one was nicked; it didn't break the glass," Family Visitation Center executive director Aaron Wimmer said.
It's a familiar story all over Sioux Falls, and police say three teenagers are to blame. An officer first caught up with them the night of the crimes.
According to court documents, the officer was parked along W. 12th St. when he heard seven to eight loud pops that he thought came from a BB gun.
"There was one vehicle that went by and no other traffic in the area at that time. He ended up stopping that vehicle. There was three men inside the car and a BB gun was found as well," Sioux Falls Police Public Information Officer Sam Clemens said.
Police say the three men in the car, 18-year-old Tyler Wood, 19-year-old Christopher Wood and 19-year-old Kip Hartwick, admitted to shooting out windows with a BB gun, but there wasn't enough evidence to make an arrest.
"He got their information and then, at that point, there had been a few reports to come in but they weren't able to tie those three to the cars that had been shot out," Clemens said.
Now, all three men are charged with intentional damage to property, a class four felony, and victims, including the Family Visitation Center, have answers.
"Unfortunately, things like this take away resources that we need to fulfill our mission, and now we have to kind of shift things around for a little while," Wimmer said.
According to the court documents, once the investigation was complete, all three men willingly turned themselves in at the Law Enforcement Center where they were questioned.
Police say there are currently 129 total victims with damage estimated to cost over $21,000, but they say that number could still climb.