DIXIE COUNTY, Fla. (WCJB) - UPDATE 01/17/19:
According to Dixie County deputies, after an investigation, they were able to identify a 16-year-old and a 17 year as the suspects. After an investigator interviewed the 16-year-old, the investigator was contacted by the parent and was asked if he would be willing to speak with them again.
After the second meeting with the 16-year-old and his parents, the investigator was able to get the information needed charge the 16-year-old with Felony Criminal Mischief to Rock Sink Baptist Church, Felony Criminal Mischief to Farming Equipment in the area and 12 counts of Misdemeanor Criminal Mischief to residential mailboxes in the area.
The 17-year-old was also interviewed and during the time of the interview, the investigator noticed an injury that could be consistent with blood found on one of the scenes. During multiple attempts to interview the 17-year-old, the investigator learned that the family had contacted an attorney.
Investigators obtained a search warrant to obtain DNA and fingerprints of the 17-year-old. On January, 16th, the investigator executed a search warrant and arrested the 17-year-old charging him with felony criminal mischief to Rock Sink Baptist Church, felony criminal mischief to farming equipment in the area and 12 counts of misdemeanor criminal mischief to residential mailboxes.
After being booked on those charges, the 17-year-old was released to his parents according to the Department of Juvenile Justice guidelines
Dixie County Sheriff's Deputies are investigating a case of serial vandalism in the northern part of the county.
Wednesday, deputies found someone had cut tires on farm equipment. The culprits burned mailboxes and damaged a church.
Rock Sink Baptist Church reported damage to their church building and the tires on their vans. Gas was also stolen from at least one of the vans. Graffiti was also spray painted onto vans and the church's walls.