A group of 13 people ranging in age from 12 to 18 were charged with felony stealing in connection to a rash of property damage in the Monett area.
According to a report issued by the Monett Police Department, 11 juveniles and two adults have been questioned and charged for their involvement in property damage that included spray painting gang-style graffiti on garages, fences, school and public property and dumpsters.
"Anyone in Monett who has graffiti-type vandalism they never reported to the police should do so now," said Monett Police Chief Tim Schweder.
The juvenile offenders have been referred to the 39th Circuit Court Juvenile Office and the adults have been charged by Barry County Prosecutor Johnnie Cox with felony stealing.
In all, 15 property damage cases and four felony stealing cases were solved with the apprehension of the 13 individuals. The juveniles will be required to perform community service to repair the property damage under the supervision of the Juvenile Office and Monett police officers.
"We will work with the victims to see that their property is repaired," said Schweder. "It is not very often that an offender can repair the damage they have done to a community. Hopefully, the juveniles involved in this will learn to respect the property of others."
The investigation was conducted by Juvenile Officer Shey Snodgrass, Monett Detective George Daoud, Detective Matt Houck, Officer Alvin Azbala and School Resource Officer Jerod Jarvis.
Information received from the community and Crime Stoppers tips helped investigators solve the case.