Teen arrested for damaging North High, Wichita gun store

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North High School's gym doors were damaged when suspects backed a stolen van into the building on Nov. 6, 2018. (KAKE) North High School's gym doors were damaged when suspects backed a stolen van into the building on Nov. 6, 2018. (KAKE)
WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

Wichita police police have arrested one of two suspects who used a stolen van to try to rip the doors off a local gun store and then backed the vehicle into North High School.

Officer Charley Davidson said Wednesday that a 16-year-old boy was booked into juvenile detention for auto theft, destruction of property, attempted burglary, criminal possession of a firearm by a juvenile, and intimidation. The search for the second suspect is ongoing. 

Officers were called at around 6:20 a.m. Tuesday to a report of an accident at North High School. They arrived to find damage to the gym doors and a fire hydrant on the campus. 

Police then responded about three hours later to a burglary at P4 Firearms at 1556 North Broadway, just over a half-mile from the school. Officers found damage to the front doors of the business. 

Officer Charley Davidson said that overnight the two suspects used a stolen blue Ford Van and a tow rope in an attempt to force open the front doors of the gun store. The van was then driven onto  North High School’s property and backed into the gym doors, causing damage to the doors and building. The suspect also struck a fire hydrant. 

The van was found unoccupied in the 1400 block of North Emporia, and determined to have been stolen. 

Anyone with information is asked to call WPD detectives at (316) 268-4407 or Crime Stoppers at (316) 267-2111. 

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