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POLICE: Teens go on criminal rampage in Shelbyville

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SHELBYVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Police say a group of teens vandalized and burglarized multiple locations during a week-long span in Shelbyville.

Shelby County Detective Jason Rice said a group of four teens were responsible for multiple break-ins the first week in June. Police said the teens were simply "out to cause trouble" when they broke into three different locations.

Rice said Dylan Bruce, 18, and his 15-year-old friend broke into O'Brien Ford in Shelbyville June 1. Staff at O'Brien Ford said the teens hopped a fence, broke the window on a back door, and stole the keys to a 2014 Ford Mustang. Police say the teens then took the nearly $32,000 car for a spin, ditching it only two miles from the dealership.

"When I came in, I noticed we had a burglary and the first thing we think of is that someone stole a car, so I started doing some inventory and I noticed one Mustang was gone," said Eddie Snider of O'Brien Ford.

When police located the car, Snider said the words: "I was here, you know" were scratched into the hood.

One week later, police said the pair -- along with Wesley Ray, 19, and Christopher Downing, 18 -- broke into Shelby County High School. Police say the four teens broke out five fire extinguishers found inside the school, and sprayed the hallways.

"That's all they did, was go in there with the sole purpose of creating damage," said Det. Rice.

Shelby County School officials say the damage and cleanup cost $16,000.

Police say after vandalizing the school, the teens headed to Shelby Christian Church, where they broke a window and smashed a few appliances, before walking out with a few musical instruments and a computer.

"It didn't look like they were looking for anything specific," said associate minister at Shelby Christian Chuck Souder. "They did take a few musical instruments, and the computer, but other than that -- just a lot of trouble."

Using surveillance video, authorities were able to identify the teens. They were arrested less than a week later.

Rice said when he questioned the teens, they only gave one reason for the vandalism: they were intoxicated.

"Most of the interviews we got were alcohol related. [They said they] shouldn't have done it, but they had been drinking and thought it was a good idea," said Rice.

The teens are charged with felony burglary charges. In addition, Bruce is charged in connection with the auto theft.

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