The following is a statement from the North Platte Police Department pertaining to a rash of vandalism to vehicles in the city:
During the morning hours of 2/14/18, NPPD officers investigated approximately 25 incidents of vehicle vandalism in several parts of town.
The majority of the vehicles that were damaged were in the 1500-2200 block of Alpha, 2700-2900 Anna, 0-100 block of Garfield and 500-900 West 1st. Some vehicles had windows knocked out, taillights damaged and body damage. It appeared the damage was done with a blunt object that had red paint on it. Officers were able to narrow the time frame of the damage to be around 2:00 AM and 6:00 AM.
During the morning of the 14th officers were able to view home surveillance systems and found that there were 3 male subjects involved that were driving a blue 2011 Dodge Dakota. Officers also began receiving tips from citizens and were notified of videos of the suspects circulating on social media. One of the videos reportedly showed Marko Torres holding a metal baseball bat that was painted red. Some of the victims of had a prior falling out with some of the suspects involved and it was also determined that the suspects damaged random vehicles as well.
The Dodge Dakota was located on UPRR property on 2/14 and found to contain evidence of these crimes specifically lots of broken glass inside of the pickup and in the pickup’s bed. After speaking to numerous people in the investigation officers had probable cause to arrest Bryce Wood, Marko Torres and 16-year-old Adam Kelsey (8/24/01). It is believed that Wood was driving the pickup and would stop at the victim vehicles while Torres and Kelsey would damage them.
Wood was located on the afternoon of 2/14 and arrested for felony criminal mischief. Torres was located on 2/16 and arrested for the same offense. Kelsey was not incarcerated but also cited for felony criminal mischief. At this time we have received estimates from most of the victims which total around $15,000. We have a few more estimates expected to come in but the total damage is likely to be around $20-25,000.