Cherokee Village Police Department received a tip the week of Nov. 10 that there was a disturbing video on the Internet of a local home being vandalized. After the story came out in the Villager Journal and The News the police department received a number of useful tips.
Three men who taped themselves vandalizing a home in Cherokee Village posted the video on a well-known Web site called YouTube. After a local resident saw the video the police were made aware of it.
The video showed several landmarks in and near Cherokee Village. The three boys in the video broke furniture, smashed mirrors and windows and ransacked an empty house causing extensive damage.
Cherokee Village Chief of Police Jason French, said after the article was published Nov. 19, the department was flooded with phone calls. French said there were several tips that helped them solve the case.
Cherokee Village Police Officer Shane Hightower, who is leading the investigation, said he has interviewed two of the three suspects and is supposed to receive contact information on the third. All three of the men are Cherokee Village residents.
Hightower also said the owner of the home that was vandalized confirmed the house in the video was his. Hightower said the homeowner filed a break-in report in January of 2004. Now, almost five years later the case has been solved thanks to the help of the public.
Hightower said the three suspects were minors at the time of the crime. Cherokee Village Police Department plan to hand the case over to the prosecuting attorney.