Vandalism at Construction Site
On May 16, 2013 around 6:40 a.m. Corporal J.D. Funk and Officer N.J. Morris were called to Merchant Tire and Auto at 2200 South Pleasant Valley Road for vandalism of the business. The officers found that someone had spray painted graffiti at the construction site and that windows out of four garage bay doors had been broken. The damage is estimated at $24,000. Corporal Funk and Officer Morris were able to identify suspects in the case from an incident that occurred earlier in the morning. They noticed that suspects from the earlier incident had paint on their hands that matched the color of the paint on the business. Jose Olguin-Arellano, 18, of Winchester was arrested and charged with vandalism. Two other juveniles from Winchester were also arrested and charged with vandalism. They were released on a summons. There is a fourth juvenile suspect in the case.
Around 1:19 a.m. Officer Morris was patrolling in the area of Allen Drive and Woodstock Lane when he observed four Hispanic males on the back of a trailer and truck. The officer saw the four males remove a push mower from the trailer. Three males were arrested. A fourth male ran from the area. Jose Olguin-Arellano was charged with petty larceny. Two juveniles were charged with underage possession of alcohol. These are the same suspects as in the vandalism of the business. The two incidents remain under investigation.
Corporal Funk and Officer Morris did an excellent job connecting the suspects in these two incidents and charging those individuals.
This press release was prepared by Lauren Cummings, Police Community Relations/Crime Prevention Specialist. (540) 545-7548 (office) Lcummings@ci.winchester.va.us
Posted 5-17-2013 - Click Here to return to the main Press Release page.