Teen Arrested in Connection to Mass Vandalism

By Cierra Putman
NewsWest 9

ODESSA - He's only 14-years-old, but an Odessa teen is facing some serious charges tonight.

He's accused of going on an Easter weekend crime spree vandalizing cars and businesses to the tune of more than $10,000 and police don't believe he acted alone.

Police say they're not sure if they used a bat, rocks or BB guns to shatter car windows in west and central Odessa this past weekend.

But they say a witness reported seeing the 14-year old ­- who's locked up at the Ector County Youth Center - and other young people vandalizing the property of unsuspecting neighbors.

On Monday, broken glass still littered the streets of Odessa neighborhoods and the owner of one of the 18 cars that was vandalized over the weekend says she and her family were shocked when they saw the damage on Easter Sunday.

"I was angry," a woman who wanted to remain anonymous said. "I couldn't believe that somebody else would do something like that to someone else's property. A lot of cars got hit around the neighborhood and it's really horrible."

Odessa police believe a group of teens are to blame and say their "good time" is racking up a bill that exceeds $10,000.

"Who knows when something like this is going through their minds," Cpl. Sherrie Carruth, with the Odessa Police Department, said. "If they think it it's a game, I don't know. But they chose to just go around and bash in people's windows. Not one or two - we're talking 18 vehicles."

In the meantime, workers at The Glass Doctor are busy fixing all the busted windows.

"Everybody's really really upset," Glass Doctor Manager, Krystal Ramos, said. "It sounds like it was just some vandals running around having fun and breaking windows and busting out the back of cars and its costing people a lot of money now."

The owner of one vehicle says she plans to hold the suspect's and their parents responsible.

"We're just going to prosecute to the fullest," the female victim said.

The 14-year old suspect is currently facing felony charges, but that's not all.

On top of the damaged vehicles, Odessa Police say they're also looking to see if he and his friends vandalized two businesses in the area.

Police tell NewsWest 9, it was a citizen tip that helped them make this first arrest and they hope more info from neighbors will help them bring anyone else responsible to justice.