Two teens from Council Bluffs have been arrested in connection with at least 18 separate incidents of criminal mischief/vandalism. The incidents, which involved bricks being thrown through the windows of vehicles in Council Bluffs, occurred between Nov. 26th and 29th. Council Bluffs Police Sgt. Dave Dawson says a 17-year old and a 14-year old from Council Bluffs were arrested this week on felony Criminal Mischief in the 2nd Degree charges. The teens were later released to their parents with appearances to be scheduled in Juvenile Court.
Dawson says a tip from a citizen led to the teens’ arrests. On Nov. 29th, the citizen reported seeing a green, 1990’s model Dodge Dakota pickup occupied by two white males, driving recklessly on the east side of Council Bluffs. One day earlier, a victim of theft in the same area saw the same vehicle, and was able to provide authorities with a license plate number.
On Dec., 2nd, a uniform patrol officer found the suspect’s vehicle and identified the driver and only occupant as a suspect in the case. The 17-year old admitted during an interview with detectives, that he was involved in the vandalism spree. He also implicated the 14-year old, who was also interviewed and admitted to his role in the crimes.
Sgt. Dawson said it was important to note that the cases were solved in large part, due to observant citizens who took the time to report what they saw and provided critical leads. He said also those tips, combined with the hard work of police officers and detectives, resulted in the arrests and eventual prosecution of the individuals involved.