3 Kansas Men Face Felony Charge in NP Vandalism Case

Three Kansas men are facing a felony charge in a North Platte vandalism case that dates back to early September.

On September 1, officers with the North Platte Police Department (NPPD) responded to the report a vandalism to a vehicle in the parking lot of South Oak Manor, 1100 South Oak.

A 64-year-old male told officers that an unknown person or persons slashed three tires and scratched the paint on his 2002 Hyundai, causing about $4,500 in damage.

Following further investigation, police identified the suspects as 18-year-old Blake Swartz, 22-year-old Lucian Peterson and a 17-year-old male juvenile, all of Atwood, Kansas.

According to officer Rodney Brown, the three had been in North Platte in September to help a family member move.

After receiving assistance from the Atwood Police Department, NPPD investigators were able to find probable cause to charge the three with felony criminal mischief.

On November 23rd, Swartz, Peterson and the juvenile came to North Platte where they were placed under arrest.  Brown said the trio was processed and released from the Lincoln County Detention Center.

The crime is a felony due to the cost of the damage.