Three Junction City teens cost car owners thousands of dollars in damage

TOPEKA (KSNT) — More than 120 car windows shot out with a BB gun over the weekend.

Now three Junction City teenagers are behind bars facing multiple charges and thousands of dollars in restitution.

“They’re facing some pretty serious charges,” said Sgt. Trish Gioradano of the Junction City Police Department, “In the past people have had damage to vehicles, but never to this magnitude.”

So far at least $30 thousand in damages has been reported but estimates are still rolling in.

KSNT News found one auto glass repair shop that said their phones have been ringing off the hook.

“We usually have a couple people here the last few mornings every morning to come give them an estimate to see how much it will cost to have their glass repaired,” said Arthur Leon, Branch Manager of Interstate Glass Co.

Leon says, depending on the type of car you have, the average cost to fix a broken window can run about $400 to $500. Now each of those drivers has to dig deep into their pockets to pay for it, but why don’t they just use insurance?

“Vehicle insurance would cover it, but a lot of times their deductible is more than what the actual window costs,” said Sgt. Giordano.

At Jim Clark Chevrolet-Cadillac, General Manager Willie Thornburg says nine of their brand new cars were hit, “It’s expensive, it’s frustrating, it’s disappointing,” said Thornburg.

His dealership had to fork over $10,000 for repairs and likely won’t see a dime.

“It’s just a burden we have to bear,” said Thornburg.

So just what provoked those teens to do this?

“Well, one of them said they were bored,” said Sgt. Gioradano

“There’s got to be better things to do. There has to be better things to do,” said Thornburg.

For now their fun is over and car owners can rest easy again.

Junction City Police would not release the identity of those teens because they are minors.

The Geary County Attorney’s office says those teens will be ordered to pay for the damages, but since most teens don’t have thousands of dollars in savings, the only way the victims will get any money back is if they sue the parents in small claims court.

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