YORK — Three teenagers broke into the York Recreation Complex Thursday morning and vandalized the area, breaking lights, an interior window and spray painting graffiti, York Police Chief Andy Robinson said.
The vandals then tried to steal a city truck, but drove it into a ditch on Fourth Street, where they left it, he said. They then stole another city truck and rammed it through a gate. The same people also painted graffiti on a Badcock Home Furnishings truck, Robinson said.
On Thursday afternoon, police arrested Christopher Johnson, 18, of Myrtle Beach, Corry Gregg, 19, of York, and Dakota Davis, 17, of York.
Each is charged with burglary, criminal conspiracy, grand larceny, attempted robbery, possession of a weapon during a violent crime and property damage. Davis also is charged with driving without a license. All three are being held at the York County Detention Center.
While on patrol, several York police officers spotted the truck in the ditch on the bike trail and recognized it as a city truck, according to a police report. An officer noticed the engine was still warm and there were fresh tire tracks.
Some of the officers went to check the rest of the recreation complex for damage and to look for the second truck, which was supposed to be on the property. When they saw the gate had been crashed through, the officers called for backup.
An off-duty sheriffs deputy saw the second city truck on East Liberty Street, where it was driving erratically. York police stopped the vehicle just before 8 a.m. and arrested one man, who was taken to the York jail. The other two were arrested later Thursday morning.
A police photo of the damage to the Badcock truck showed that the vandals had drawn a symbol of the Gangster Disciples gang, which originated in Chicago, according to a gang database maintained by the University of Maryland.
They also wrote RIP King David. One of the Gangster Disciples founders was named David Barksdale and was often called King David. He died in 1974.
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