Beatrice police say two teenagers are now charged in the weekend vandalism of the city’s public library after the front door of the building was evidently left unlocked.
Mayor Stan Wirth is thanking public properties department employees for their efforts in helping the library to recover from the incident.
“Cleaning up the distasteful vandalism that occurred,” Mayor Wirth says. “If you see these guys, thank them for a job that they spent a lot of time and cost the city a lot of labor, but it was something that was necessary.”
Beatrice police say two youths, ages 14 and 18, were arrested after fire extinguishers were set off inside the library’s entryway and lower level. The alleged vandals also urinated and defecated on the floor and on a statue. Police used surveillance video to identify the suspects.
Eighteen-year-old Noah Dewane had his appearance bond set at $5,000 on Monday in Gage County Court. He was arrested for alleged criminal trespassing, aiding and abetting, third-degree criminal mischief and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. The 14-year-old wasn’t named.
By Doug Kennedy, KWBE