Arrests Made in Vietnam Memorial Vandalism Case

Staff Update
NewsWest 9

BIG SPRING - Investigators with the Big Spring Police Department have made four arrests in connection with the vandalism to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. It was all thanks to a Crime stoppers tip.

Police say Nicholas Lee Sharp, Kevin Logan Towner, Devan James Cook, and Anthony Lewis all confessed to the crime. All of the suspects are 17-years-old.

On September 3rd, officers were called back to the Vietnam Memorial after a member of the Vietnam Veterans Committee found most of the stolen property had been returned and left outside a maintenance shed.

A note had been left with the property apologizing for the damage done to the memorial. Based on a Crime stoppers tip the four suspects were interviewed one at a time. Three of the suspects admitted to removing finger prints.

The four teens were all arrested at Big Spring High School Monday morning and booked into the Howard County Jail. They are charged with criminal mischief church/cemetery/public building, which is a state jail felony. Sharp, Towner, and Cook were also charged with tampering with physical evidence, a third degree felony.