JPD arrests kids accused of spray-painting graffiti inside store

JPD arrests kids accused of spray-painting graffiti inside store
(Source: KAIT)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Jonesboro police arrested four teens early Sunday morning after officers say they spray-painted YBK inside a store.

Just before midnight Saturday, Officer Kiandra McCain responded to a report of a group of kids vandalizing the inside of Walmart, 1815 E. Highland.

When she arrived, she saw four black males, ages 13 and 14, matching the description of the suspects walking westbound on Highland Drive.

McCain stopped the kids in the parking lot of Iberia Bank and placed them in the back of her patrol car then took them to the store.

"I was very familiar with the subjects from working at Success [Achievement Academy] as an SRO," McCain stated in her incident report.

Once they arrived at the store, a store employee told McCain he observed the suspects spray-paint "YBK" on the floor in black paint. The letters were also spray-painted in white on a wooden four-drawer chest.

McCain contacted Juvenile Officer Taty Rossman who advised her to cite the suspects and release them to the care of their guardians.

"I tried to contact each parent with the numbers that were provided but I was unable to contact any of the parents," McCain stated. "I asked the subjects if there was another number that they would like me to try and they said no."

McCain and another officer then placed all four suspects in handcuffs and transported them to the Craighead County Juvenile Detention Center where they were each cited with criminal mischief and curfew violation.

They were left at the CCJDC for their parents to pick up.

The store also criminally banned all four individuals, the report said.

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