Juveniles suspected in Genesco vandalism

Friday, April 4, 2008

Three elementary school-age boys are the suspects in the Lewisburg Police investigation into vandalism at the old Genesco plant near Lewisdale Mobile Homes.

Damage to the closed factory, that's visible from Franklin Road at the J.C. Leonard Bridge, was estimated at $35,000 to $40,000, according to City Police Detective Scott Braden.

Without publicly naming his suspects, Braden reported yesterday that he's given results of the detective division's investigation to Elizabeth West, director of Juvenile Services for Marshall County. West's assistant said she was out sick on Thursday.

The boys could possibly end up in front of Marshall County Juvenile Court Judge Steve Bowden on Tuesday.

Procedurally, West will probably consult with the state prosecutor's office as to the chain of events. In Tennessee, juveniles are not arrested. They're taken into custody on a petition to the juvenile court judge, who is asked to declare them delinquent because if the young defendants were adults, they'd be charged with crimes.

See Friday's Tribune for the complete story.