JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Two teens face felony mischief charges after police say they caused nearly $3,000 in damages to several school buses.
Nettleton School Transportation and Facilities Director Ron Cooper said it was an employee that spotted the two boys.
"Yesterday afternoon we have one of our employees fueling buses," Cooper said. "While he was doing that he noticed a couple of individuals outside our bus area, outside the fences and they appeared to be carrying what looked like guns to him. So, he called the Jonesboro Police Department and they responded and got the two individuals picked up."
When Officer Tyler Wilson arrived at the scene, he found two boys, ages 14 and 15, near the bridge. According to the initial incident report, each boy had a pellet gun, CO2 cartridges, and pellets on them.
The suspects told Wilson they had been shooting at each other and "were not trying" to shoot at the buses.
There have been multiple incidents of windows being shot out of school buses since June of this year.
"We're looking at about five or six thousand dollars of damage total since back in the summer," Cooper said. "This weekend's incident was about 2500 or 2600 dollars. They hit a couple of different windows that were more expensive. So, we're very relieved and hope this is all behind us."
Wilson contacted Juvenile Probation Officer Taty Rossman who told Wilson to arrest the 15-year-old suspect and take him to the Craighead County Juvenile Detention Center. Rossman told Wilson to cite and release the 14-year-old suspect to his legal guardian. Both suspects face a first-degree criminal mischief charge.
According to the report, the bus driver estimated the damage to the buses at $2,900.
Cooper said they've taken a number of steps to ensure this doesn't happen anymore.
"The things we've done to detour and take away the opportunities," Cooper said. "We've added additional lighting. Our personnel came in and removed quite a bit of underbrush to allow better visibility. The Jonesboro Police Department has been very cooperative and have added additional personnel to come out and monitor the area. We've looked at the cost of additional fencing and raising fences and security cameras."
It is unknown whether they are responsible for all incidents or just the most recent.
One of the juveniles will be in court on Wednesday, November 30th.
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