Six juveniles, ages 13 to 16, have been charged in connection with a weekend “crime spree” that started in Vilonia and ended in Conway, according to Vilonia Police Chief Brad McNew.
Juveniles broke into a house on Waterloo Loop in Vilonia, Friday evening and spent the weekend “living in it.”
The homeowners were out of town until Monday afternoon, McNew said. They returned, he said, to find their house ransacked, their vehicles driven and items missing including guns and cash. Three of the juveniles being charged, McNew said, live on Waterloo Loop. A fourth juvenile, he added, also has a Vilonia address. Two of the juveniles, McNew said, have Conway addresses.
“The people that lived in the house were gone out of town and basically the kids were living in their house using their stuff,” McNew offered. “They stole guns, damaged their house, drove all of their vehicles and damaged them. They drove the wheels off of a Corvette and a motorcycle. They were joy riding all weekend in the homeowners’ vehicles. I guess burning rubber everywhere they went—judging by the looks of the tires.”
There is evidence, according to McNew, that some of the juveniles remained in the house until Monday afternoon prior to the family returning home.
Four of the juveniles, McNew said, were taken into custody Monday afternoon. Two of the juveniles, he said, were taken into custody on Tuesday morning.
Also, McNew said the juveniles have been charged in connection with the burglary of a pawn shop on Highway 64 (near the 8 Mile Store) and the vandalism of a car wash and Conway Christian School.
McNew said the juveniles were booked into the Juvenile Detention Center and are facing multiple charges including breaking and entering and residential burglary. The incident is still under investigation. Guns and money are still missing, McNew said. Anyone with any information should contact the police department at 796-8170.