Vandalism can happen in small rural communities, just as it can in the metropolitan areas. Perhaps not as much, but it can.
In regards to the vandalism that happened in Alamo on the night of May 31-June 1, the juveniles involved have been identified by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department and released to their parents, pending the filing of official charges.
Alamo Town Board member Vern Holaday said the board discussed the matter at their June 7 regular meeting.
He said the cleanup process from the spray paintings, apparently done at random on certain RVs, cars, garage doors, street signs and businesses, was continuing.
He said what irked him most was that “so much of it was obscene.” If was on the back of a brick wall and fences like might be found in the city, it might not be seen so easily, but this was on personal and private property right out in the open.”
He noted in one case, they completely painted over the license plates, front and rear, on the car of an elderly couple who had an important doctor appointment out of town that day to which they could not go to, “because when they tried to clean the spray paint off, it took off all the paint and everything off the license plate as well. That’s a life or death situation, it could be,” he said.
Cleanup efforts have involved often painting over the drawings, or using certain kinds of paint remover, but others have been more difficult.
Depending on what “delinquent act” charges those involved will face, Sheriff Kerry Lee said he thought they would be summoned into district court in Pioche. “They will still have to face charges consistent with an adult, but under a different name.”
District Attorney Daniel Hooge said “delinquent act” charges are much the same as a criminal act, but when the person(s) involved are juveniles, under age 18 as in this case, “we can charge it under a criminal statute, but under the name delinquent act. Basically, it’s the same element, same crime, just a different name.”
At a time yet to be determined, the suspects will have to go before the judge in Pioche who will decide whether they will be fined, given probation, community service, sent to juvenile detention, or a combination of all. “It’s serious enough, juvenile detention could be ordered,” Hooge said.