Kendallville man charged in spray-painting vandalism

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KENDALLVILLE, Ind. (WPTA21) – A Kendallville teen-ager is facing a host of criminal charges, after police say he left a trail of paint on dozens of cars, signs and buildings over the week-end.

19-year old Mark Keene II now faces 47 counts of misdemeanor criminal mischief.

Police say while in the back of a Chevy Blazer that was cruising around Kendallville, he used a couple of squirt guns to go on a spray painting rampage.

“At this point we have about 45 vehicles that were damaged,” said police chief Rob Wiley.

The chief says calls came in to the police department Sunday morning, indicating that the dark-colored Blazer was rolling through neighborhoods dousing cars with orange paint.

Police say they tracked down the Blazer in short order and that Keene and another male and female inside admitted to what they’d been doing.

Three building structures were hit too, including a fence and house with streaks of orange paint visible on the siding.

The weapons of choice– not tiny squirt guns, but pump action water guns, filled with diluted paint.

“It was a bigger one, pump type squirt gun that was used so it allowed it to reach further out as they were driving by,” Wiley said.

Laura Ryan’s 2017 white-colored Jeep was vandalized.

She said they ran the vehicle through a car wash two times, got some of the paint off, but not all of it.

“We’re still making car payments on it and it’s really frustrating. I thought we were the only ones that were targeted, but no, there was other cars in the parking lot that got tagged too,” she said.

Monday afternoon, Keene was being held in the Noble County Jail on $6,500 bond.

His next scheduled court date is August 12th.

At the time of this report, the other two people that were with Keene had not been charged with anything, but the investigation continues.

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