UPDATE: Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Garden City police officers have arrested four teens for vandalism at a Menard's store that occurred over the weekend.
Police received tips on who was involved and on Tuesday, arrested a 17-year-old, a 14-year-old and two 13-year-old boys.
Investigators believe the four boys were riding bicycles around town before ending up at the Menard's store. Police say the boys rode their bikes through the store before using the forklift to spill paint and cause other damage.
Two support beams for the building's roof have also been found damaged and may have to be replaced. Contractors are still in the process of determining if the paint can be removed from the concrete.
All four teens have been taken to the Southwest Kansas Juvenile Detention Center on allegations of burglary, felony criminal damage to property, arson and conspiracy.
Monday, February 4, 2013
Garden City Police are looking for whoever is responsible for causing thousands of dollars in damage over the weekend inside Menard's.
It happened sometime between 7:30 Saturday night and 8:00 Sunday morning. Police say vandals were able to enter the building through an unlocked door.
Once inside, they used two forklifts to spill 86 five gallon paint containers and 11 one gallon containers throughout the store. The paint damaged 25,000 square feet of concrete flooring, along with two forklifts and other items inside the store.
They also lit cardboard boxes on fire inside the building. Damage is estimated between $30,000 to $300,000 depending on if the paint can be removed from the concrete floors.
Anyone who may have information about who may be responsible should call Garden City Police at 620-276-1300. They can also contact Crime Stoppers at 620-275-7807 or text GCTIP and the information at 847411.