Yadkinville Police arrested two teenagers in connection with damages discovered at the Yadkinville Community Park and Believer’s Baptist Church on the morning of April 9.
Robert Evan Southard, 16, of 2441 Vallie Drive, Yadkinville and Mark Issac Culler, 17, of Cattail Court, King were arrested on multiple charges.
Officials said that the suspects inscribed “racial” and “anti-ethnic” writings on the walls and lit a small fire on the floor of the park’s public men’s restroom.
Damages to the park are estimated to be in excess of $500.
The suspects were also charged with damages done to a church located just above the park. Officials report that large rocks from a ditch adjacent to the church were thrown through the marquee. Damages to the church’s sign are reported at $1,800.
Officials were able to use surveillance video from the park to determine the time of the crime to be at 5 a.m. Detectives used images from the surveillance footage and circulated the images via email and the Nixle.com public advisory system for tips on the identity and location of the suspects. Before noon on April 9 both suspects had been identified.
Charges were pressed on April 10. According to a police report, Southard was charged with two counts injury to real property, one count defacing public property and one count littering. Southard was released to parental custody.
According to a police report, Culler arrested by the Stokes County Sherrif’s Office and was charged with two counts injury to real property, one count defacing public property, one count littering and one count attempted breaking and entering of a building. Culler was released on a $2,500 unsecured bond.
Both suspects have been served and released pending court appearances.