Thanks to a couple of tips, the Wilson Police Department has gotten a breakthrough in an investigation of vandalism that cost thousands of dollars in damage.
Police Chief Felix Hernandez said Wilson residents Tre Lane, 18, and Bradley Ragsdale, 19, were taken into custody for vandalizing public school and city facilities as well as stealing a school vehicle. The incident took place in the early morning hours of Dec. 19.
Both men were arrested pending two counts of malicious destruction of property, one count of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and one count of second-degree burglary.
“We received an anonymous tip last week and received another tip yesterday,” Hernandez said. “We couldn’t locate the suspects because they were out of town last week but were able to get in touch with Lane and persuaded him to come in voluntarily Monday morning.” Monday afternoon, Ragsdale was located and also persuaded to come to the police station for an interview. Following the interview, Ragsdale was taken into custody and also transported to Carter County Detention Center.
Mayor Frank Schaaf had posted a $5,000 reward for information leading to a conviction in regard to the vandalism and was pleased that two suspects have been identified. He said there was $20$25,000 in damage suffered by both the city and Wilson Public Schools.
"I certainly hope this is a deterrent to others in the future," he said.