Police arrest four in Menards vandalism

2/7/2013

By ANGIE HAFLICH

By ANGIE HAFLICH

ahaflich@gctelegram.com

Garden City police have arrested four teens in connection with the Menards vandalism incident that took place over the weekend.

Bryan Rios, 14, 601 Conkling Ave., Malichai Trey King, 17, 309 W.

Olive St., and two 13-year-old Garden City boys were arrested between

10:54 p.m. Tuesday and 2:52 a.m. Wednesday on allegations of burglary,

felony criminal damage to property, arson and conspiracy.

On Tuesday, the Garden City Police Department received tips from two

people providing information on who was involved in the incident.

Officers were contacted by one person with information and a second

person contacted Crime Stoppers.

It is alleged the four boys were riding bicycles around Garden City

when they ended up at Menards. The boys allegedly rode their bicycles

through the inside of the store for a period of time before deciding to

use a forklift to spill the paint and cause other damage inside the

building.

According to the Garden City Police Department, officers responded to

Menards, 1110 Lareu Road, at about 8:58 a.m. Sunday in response to a

report about damage at the property.

The initial investigation determined the suspects entered the

business through an unlocked door between 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m.

Sunday. According to police, the suspect used two forklifts to spill 86

five-gallon and 11 one-gallon containers of industrial paint throughout

the store, damaging about 25,000 square feet of concrete flooring.

According to police, internal furnishings, including overhead lights,

also were damaged, and the suspects also lit cardboard boxes on fire

inside the building.

Wayne Frasier, superintendent of McConnell Excavating, Oberlin, Ohio,

said that concrete crews discovered the damage and that while the doors

were unlocked, it appeared that the suspects pushed open a locked door

that was off its hinges.

In addition to the previously described damage, two support beams for

the roof have been found damaged by the forklifts and may have to be

replaced. One of the forklifts used by the suspects also sustained

damage to one of its forks and its cage. Contractors are still in the

process of determining whether the paint can be removed from the

concrete and the total amount of loss is undetermined at this point, but

could range between $30,000 and $300,000.

Frasier said they won't have an exact damage estimate until the estimator and structural engineer perform inspections.

Frasier said that his company's portion of the job was supposed to be

completed Feb. 15, and if the columns and concrete have to be replaced,

extra manpower and extra hours will be required in order to stay on

schedule.

The four boys are being lodged in the Kansas Juvenile Detention Center.

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