Two teens held in St. Louis vandalism spree

Friday, April 9, 2004

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Two teenagers were taken into custody for allegedly vandalizing two St. Louis churches, a school and a community center.

A 16-year-old boy was taken into custody Wednesday night, and a 17-year-old surrendered to police on Thursday.

Investigators said the teens caused destruction to the sanctuary and school at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, St. Lucas Evangelical Church and the Windsor Community Center.

"We do know that they had been drinking, but as far as what would cause somebody to do something like that, it's beyond me," said Lt. Col. Tim Reagan with the St. Louis Police Department.

Investigators said stolen items were found in the boys' homes.

Damage included windows and computer screens smashed, rooms ransacked, a fire extinguisher sprayed and church wine and cans of soda dumped out.

Vandals also attempted to start fires at two of the locations.

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