Three juveniles charged with vandalism in Farmersburg


Three juveniles face charges in connection to a vandalism spree in one Wabash Valley community. This comes after months of bricks, rocks, and other items being thrown at residences homes and business. 

About two weeks ago Johnny Swalls showed up to work at his business in downtown Farmersburg to find one of his windows was broken.  

“There were a couple of rocks that broke the window laying here on the sidewalk,” business owner Johnny Swalls said.   

Swalls has worked in this building for more than 20 years.  

“That’s why I located here,” Swalls said. “The town is good; I have no complaints it’s just once in a while we have some young kids that can’t stand it and break a window out.” 

Since December the Farmersburg Marshall’s Office has received more than 20 calls for vandalism throughout the city.  

In the early morning hours residents and business would have rocks, bricks, and other items hurled through their windows causing more than $8,000 in damages.  

“They terrorized the citizens of Farmersburg for quite some time,” Farmersburg Town Marshal Cody Strain said. “My phone has not quit ringing and I’m glad to see that it is done and over with.” 

Farmersburg town Marshal, Cody Strain, says the attacks were sporadic and happened throughout the town.  

On Saturday, thanks to several anonymous tips, authorities were led to three juveniles.  

Those involved are preliminarily charged with 4 counts of criminal mischief causing over $750 in damage and 7 counts of criminal mischief.  

“I’m afraid that if kids continue to try to do something like this, stupid acts is what they are, somebody is going to get really hurt and it’s uncalled for,” Strain said.   

Charges have been filed with the Sullivan County juvenile probation office. Now it’s up to the courts.   

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