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Wendy Reuer, Published March 14 2012

Two male juveniles arrested in Casselton vandalism spree

CASSELTON, N.D. – Two juveniles were arrested after they allegedly vandalized a number of vehicles and a house here overnight Tuesday.

Cass County Sheriff’s Capt. Mitch Burris said his office was called around 3:30 a.m. with a report of vandalism and two boys playing “ring and run” or ringing doorbells and running away. A 13-year-old boy from Oriska and a 14-year-old boy from Buffalo were later taken into custody by sheriff’s deputies.

At one home, the resident chased after the boys and wrote down the license plate of the vehicle they were driving. The boys are also believed to be responsible for spray-painting a number of vehicles and at least one home. Lisa Boeder returned home Tuesday morning to find a large phallic image spray-painted on the side of her corner house in Casselton. Boeder operates a day care center out of the house.

Boeder said when she called the sheriff’s office to report the incident, deputies said the two boys had been arrested. Burris addressed the incident at a “crime forum” for residents Tuesday evening designed to address a recent wave of burglaries and vandalism in Casselton.

Cass County Sheriff’s Detective Joel Stading said about 20 cases of burglary and vandalism have been reported in the city recently.

“In other communities we have other calls similar to this, but not the volume (we’ve had) in Casselton,” Burris said.

Burris said Tuesday the sheriff’s office is changing how it schedules deputies on patrol to help curb the recent uptick in crime. A detective has been assigned to work directly on Casselton cases. Authorities said Tuesday they will continue to be vigilant in patrolling crime, but they encouraged residents to report suspicious behavior. Boeder said she has seen other juveniles cutting through her yard late at night and has not reported it. She said that will soon change.

“I’m done. I’m mad. I’m not going to be nice anymore,” she said.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Wendy Reuer at (701) 241-5530