By: Leah Alsept
Reports on the two suspects accused of vandalizing 15 cars on the University of Findlay campus on March 4 have been referred to both the Juvenile Prosecutor’s office and the Municipal Prosecutor’s office.
On Friday, March 5, Campus Police Officer Ross Wentling was on routine patrol at 10:48 a.m. when he noticed a Great Value brand egg box laying on the ground. He began to drive around the lot and realized 15 vehicles were egged, spray painted, or had a combination of both. After collecting the information from the vehicles, Officer Wentling left campus for Walmart to look at the security camera footage.
The loss prevention team at Walmart was able to give Officer Wentling a receipt with two cans of black spray paint and six 60 count egg boxes and footage of two individuals purchasing the items and leaving the Walmart around 9:12 p.m. on Thursday, March 4. The two individuals are the same duo seen in the security image still emailed across campus on Friday.
Once the email from Campus Police was sent out campus-wide asking for the identification of the individuals, Officer Wentling received a call from a witness able to correctly identify both individuals. UF Campus police tracked down the suspects and received written statements from them about the incident. They found 18-year-old Shannon Klotz and a 17-year-old boy at the boy’s home on March 5.
According to the police report, when asked the why they did it, neither had an answer. UF Police Chief William Spraw then asked if they were just bored and the boy said “I guess so.”
So far, damage to cars totals about $1,690.39. Many of the victims had their cars washed to remove the eggs that were thrown on the cars and some have tried various methods to remove the paint. 11 cars had some sort of spray paint on them while four cars were only egged.
This story is ongoing. It will continue to be updated as more information is known.