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Apr 04,2008
Video leads to 3 arrests in massive vandalism spree
by Cheryl McDermott

BEND, Ore.Excellent detective work and the cooperation of several businesses and concerned citizens led to the arrest of three people in connection with a rash of criminal mischief late last month described as one of the largest vandalism sprees in Bend’s history. Nearly 75 victims’ homes, businesses or vehicles were damaged by ball-bearings shot from a sling-shot.

Isaiah C. Harris (left), and  Christopher D. Hartzell (right) - DCJ photos. Not pictured is 17-year-old suspect Michael L. Brooke.

The reports of damage -- primarily broken windows -- began arriving on March 26, Bend Police Lt. Ken Stenkamp said. A partial list of victims provided in an earlier news release included Deschutes Brewery, Dry Cleaning Station, Umpqua Bank (NW Crossing), Impression Art Gallery, Chevron on Newport, The Knitting Place, Strictly Organic Coffee, Trinity Episcopal Church and Marshall School.

Stenkamp, without identifying which business participated, said several of the businesses had exterior video cameras that captured a white Ford pickup in the area near the time of the criminal mischief.

Police established an information-sharing network with local store loss prevention officers – people who deal with thefts and other issues, the lieutenant said. After sharing the vehicle description and type of projectile used to the network, it wasn’t long before Redmond Wal-Mart employees told police that several people had purchased ball-bearings around the time the vandalism was occurring.

Wal-Mart video surveillance showed three suspects buying the projectiles and leaving in a white Ford pickup, Stenkamp said.

The suspects were identified as Isaiah C. Harris, 18, Christopher D. Hartzell, 24, and 17-year-old Michael L. Brooke, all of Bend. They were arrested on Thursday, April 3, the lieutenant said, and a sling-shot and numerous ball-bearings were recovered.

Harris and Hartzell were lodged in the Deschutes County Jail, and Brooke was lodged in the Deschutes County Juvenile Facility.  All three face multiple counts of first-degree criminal mischief, however additional charges are anticipated and the investigation is continuing.

Lt. Stenkamp credited cooperation of the loss prevention officers, businesses, concerned citizens, and officers and detectives of the Bend Police Department with the apprehension of the suspects.
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  • Stupid little punks. I hope everyone sue's their parents.
  • (Posted on April 7, 2008, 11:49 pm no)

  • This is only a small section of the kinds of crimes that our city is being subjected to. My son's truck window was demolished along with others in our neighborhood last year. He was devastated, not only because that was a prize possession but because he did not have money for this kind of stuff. As we all know the deductible on insurance doesn't come close to damage so it was all out of pocket. Where are the parent's of these juvenile delinquents? Are they being charged? Why not a bulletin board announcement on a few obvious places (grocery stores, gas stations, sporting goods, etc) so folks can get a good look at these perps? It goes way beyond a little mischievous pranks....ream it to the parents and maybe they will pay attention to where their kids are. In European and Japanese communities, they don't have this problem, why do we? Because we pussy foot around it all and let them get away with these things with a slap on their hands....maybe we should institute cutting off their hands instead of a night a JD.
  • (Posted on April 4, 2008, 8:20 pm Kaye)

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