Christmas vandal caught with help from home surveillance

Some of the vandalized inflatable yard decorations pictured here after the were repaired, Washington City, Utah, Dec. 22, 2013 | Photo by Brent Martin, St. George News

WASHINGTON CITY — On Tuesday, a 17-year-old boy admitted to the Washington City Police Department that he was involved in vandalism last week in which a surveillance camera caught someone slashing large inflatable Christmas yard decorations in the Washington Fields area.

Washington City Police contacted the owner of the vandalized home on Dec. 24 and told him they had caught the vandal, the homeowner, Brent Martin, told St. George News.

Using Martin’s surveillance camera footage, the Washington City Police were able to get a description of the person they thought had destroyed the decorations and track him down.

Once the police interviewed the boy, he admitted to being involved in the crime, Washington City Police Department Public Information Officer Ed Kantor said. The investigation is still ongoing as the police haven’t been able to contact another suspect, an adult, who may have been involved in the vandalism.

The boy was arrested, released to his parents and referred to juvenile court.

Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.

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Some of the vandalized inflatable yard decorations pictured here after the were repaired, Washington City, Utah, Dec. 22, 2013 | Photo by Brent Martin, St. George News
Some of the vandalized inflatable yard decorations pictured here after the were repaired, Washington City, Utah, Dec. 22, 2013 | Photo by Brent Martin, St. George News

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