Kalispell Teen Charged Following Neighborhood Vandalism

15-year-old charged with theft, criminal mischief after allegedly spray painting church, stadium

By Justin Franz
Police investigate vandalism at Bethel Baptist Church in Kalispell on May 31, 2016. Greg Lindstrom | Flathead Beacon

A Kalispell teen has been charged in Flathead County District Court four months after he and another teenager allegedly stole a car and went on a vandalism spree through a west-side neighborhood.

The 15-year-old male has been charged with theft and criminal mischief, both felonies, and is expected to appear before Judge Robert Allison on Oct. 7.

The Beacon is withholding the defendant’s name because he is a minor.

According to court records, two Kalispell teenagers allegedly got drunk on the night of May 31 and spray painted nearly two-dozen cars and numerous buildings around Flathead High School. Legends Stadium suffered significant “tagging,” including targeted language toward Flathead High School Resource Officer Cory Clarke and one of the school’s administrators. There was also explicit language targeting the Kalispell Police Department and Flathead and Glacier high schools.

The two teenagers then allegedly stole a vehicle and crashed it in a ditch near the Old Steel Bridge.

On June 1, another teenager went to police and told them that they had received a Snapchat video showing the defendant vandalizing Legends Stadium.

The two teenagers caused about $3,000 worth of damage.

The second teenager accused in the vandalism spree is paying restitution after reaching a probation deal with Youth Court Services.

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