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Library, pavilion vandals caught

Vandals targeted the Greenville Pavilion on June 11. The GPD have since made arrests in connection to the crime. (Photo by Mollie S. Waters)

MOLLIE S. WATERS | The Greenville Standard

On June 11, vandals targeted the Greenville Butler County Library and the Greenville Pavilion. A few days later, the Greenville Police Department made multiple arrests for that crime.

According to Capt. Justin Lovvorn, Criminal Investigation District Commander, several GPD personnel put in many long hours over multiple days in order to solve the vandalism crime, and others, that were committed over the weekend of June 10-12.

Lovvorn reported that seven juveniles, ages 13 to 15, were arrested in connection with the crimes.

“Five of the juveniles were arrested for the vandalism at the Greenville Public Library and Pavilion, as well as the burglary of the Greenville Middle School,” stated Lovvorn. “Both of these crimes occurred on Saturday night.”

The vandalism charge was related to the spray painting of words, numbers and expletives at the aforementioned locations.

“The group of juveniles then walked over to the (Greenville) Middle School and forced entry into one of the buildings,” explained Lovvorn of the additional charges brought against the suspects. “They then took several bicycles from inside and rode off with them. The bicycles were recovered the next day not far from the school.”

Lovvorn reported that once the suspects were brought in and confronted with the evidence against them that they confessed to the crimes.

The investigation resulted in a few other unsolved crimes being closed as well.

“The investigation’s division showed their true devotion to their job and the citizens of Greenville this week by working non-stop to solve a variety of recent crimes,” stated Lovvorn. “I would like to commend Lt. Joseph Disney and Sgt. Kenneth Hadley for their efforts.”

Lovvorn also encouraged anyone with any information regarding unsolved crimes in the area to pass that information along to him or other investigators at the GPD by calling 334-382-7461.



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