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Teenager arrested on suspicion of ramming North High gym, failed gun store burglary

Wichita police discuss school damage, gun store

Wichita police have arrested a teenager on suspicion of ramming the North High gym doors with a stolen van and a failed gun store burglary at P4 Firearms, Wichita Officer Charley Davidson said Wednesday at the daily media briefing. (Nov. 7, 2018)
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Wichita police have arrested a teenager on suspicion of ramming the North High gym doors with a stolen van and a failed gun store burglary at P4 Firearms, Wichita Officer Charley Davidson said Wednesday at the daily media briefing. (Nov. 7, 2018)

Wichita police arrested a 16-year-old on Tuesday on suspicion of destruction of property in cases at North High School and a local gun store.

Two people used a tow rope attached to a stolen van to try to open the doors at P4 Firearms, 1556 N. Broadway, overnight Monday, police said. The rope damaged the doors to the business, but the two people were unable to get inside, Wichita police Officer Charley Davidson said.

The pair then drove the stolen van to North High School, 1437 N. Rochester, where they backed into the gym entrance, causing damage to the doors and the building, Davidson said.

The van also hit a fire hydrant at North High, Davidson said.

On Tuesday, police located the van in the 1500 block of North Emporia, where it had been abandoned, Davidson said.

A 16-year-old boy has been arrested in the case, Davidson said, and police are still looking for the other person they suspect was involved.

The 16-year-old was booked into the Juvenile Detention Center on suspicion of auto theft, destruction to property, attempted burglary, criminal possession of a firearm by a juvenile and intimidation.

Davidson said the van, a blue Ford, had been stolen on Monday night before the attempted break-ins.

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