Medina teens traced to vandalism spree through shoes

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MEDINA - Medina police arrested two teenagers accused of vandalism across the city thanks, in part, to their shoes.

Police said damage is estimated at more than $2,000 at the historic Town Hall and Engine House on Medina’s public square, where cleanup was underway.

Police said the pair of 14 year-old boys broke in some time over the weekend of November 5th and splattered paint on the walls and floor, damaged dry wall and plugged bathroom drains, causing flooding. A 200 year-old antique mirror was also damaged.

A Medina city worker discovered the vandalism at the city-owned building Thursday, according to police.

Officers arrested the teens Saturday night at Medina Shopping center, after responding to an unrelated alarm call. Officers saw one of the teens scaling a pipe on the building then located the teens in an office above the Sherwin-Williams store, which they had broken into through a window, according to police.

Police then linked them to the vandalism incidents through their shoe prints.

“They were wearing very distinct shoes during the incident at the fire house where they did damage with paint,” Sgt. Scott Marcum said. “Our officers noticed those shoes, began asking them and they confessed to what they did.”

Investigators said the boys also confessed to a June break-in at the A.I. Root Candle Company, where they damaged candles and spray painted a warehouse. The teens are also tied to a fourth case of vandalism at a city-owned storage barn in April, police said.

The teens face felony breaking and entering and vandalism charges, as well as trespassing charges. Police said they did not reveal a motive.

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