KENNEWICK -- Two Southridge High students told police they removed the statue of Chief Kamiakin at a rival Kennewick school as a "prank," authorities said.
But Kennewick police still are looking for other vandals who apparently came later the same night and moved the statue over a fence into the parking lot and spray painted the base.
The bronze statue of the school's namesake riding a horse and holding an eagle was removed from its pedestal overnight and found Sunday in the parking lot of Kamiakin High School, 600 N. Arthur St., said Mike Blatman, Kennewick police spokesman.
A school baseball dugout also was found flooded with water.
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Kennewick police officers and Kennewick School District security officials used video surveillance recordings to identify two 17-year-old Southridge High boys as suspects.
The juniors, whose names were not released, reportedly admitted to removing the statue in what they called a "prank." They say they jumped a fence around the school's courtyard, unbolted the statue and leaned it up against the inside of the fence, Blatman told the Herald.
Officials believe some other vandals came later and lifted the statue over the fence and left it in the parking lot with the base spray painted. The graffiti on the base referenced Kennewick High, but Blatman said police don't know if it was done by Kennewick High students or someone trying to make it seem like Kennewick High kids were responsible.
The statue, valued at about $9,000, was not damaged and has been reinstalled.
On Thursday night, the Chief Kamiakin statue was targeted by vandals again, along with a lion at Kennewick High. Both were spray painted blue and yellow, which are Southridge High colors, Blatman said.
But, Blatman noted, police don't yet know if the vandals are from Southridge. Officers still are trying to identify the latest vandals.
Benton County prosecutors will review the case for possible charges of criminal trespassing against the two Southridge students.
Anyone with information about the rest of the vandalism is asked to contact Kennewick police or can provide information anonymously by contacting Tri-Cities Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477 or at www.tricitiescrimestoppers.org.
Moses Lake police seek 2 suspects in bike theft
Moses Lake police are looking for two suspects who threatened to beat up a 25-year-old man and stole his bicycle early Friday.
Brandon W. Baker of Moses Lake told police he was on Division Street at 1:35 a.m. when a two-door, dark-colored Neon or Saturn pulled up and stopped him.
The suspects got out of the car and threatened to beat up Baker if he didn't give them his bike, said Capt. Dave Ruffin.
Baker gave up his bicycle and one suspect rode away on Division, with the other suspect following behind in the car.
The bike is a 2008 Premium DUO, with a black frame and gold sprockets, hubs and stickers. The bicycle is valued at $1,068.
The driver of the car is described as being 5-foot-10, with an athletic build, dark "afro" type hair and dark clothes.
The suspect who rode away on the bike is 5-foot-10, athletic build with dark short-buzzed hair and dark clothes.
Walla Walla police warn of door-to-door scam
Walla Walla police are warning residents about a door-to-door soliciting scam circulating in the area.
The suspects have used different stories as they try to seek donations from residents, said Walla Walla police Officer Tim Bennett.
Stories known so far include asking money to support the "Wounded Warrior Project," or to help the Walla Walla High School softball team to go to Hawaii.
Some scammers also have claimed to be selling magazines to raise money for a school or selling care packages to send to soldiers overseas.
The scammers ask for cash or checks, Bennett said.
At least five victims have been identified, with others possible in Umatilla County and surrounding areas.
One suspect has been described as a girl, 16-18 years old, about 5-foot-6, with blonde straight hair and a slender build.
Residents are urged to call police immediately to report suspicious solicitors and provide suspects and vehicles. Door-to-door solicitors have to be licensed by the city of Walla Walla and must show their credentials, if asked.
Anyone who may have fallen victim to the 'scams should call their banks and stop payment on the checks.