Six young men, all 19 years old, were charged with placing graffiti on school property and with evading arrest after weekend vandalism at the Howard Payne University baseball field, police said.
Those arrested were Benjamin Bishop and Jordan Guidry, both of Mesquite; Zachary Howser of Sulphur Springs; Cory Vines of Greenville; and Blake Holly and Sean Spradling, both of Brownwood, police and Brown County Jail records state.
All six are free on personal recognizance bonds.
Officers Ray Slayton and James Kidd were patrolling in the 2000 block of Center at 1:22 a.m. Saturday when they saw several people on the baseball field, a report by Slayton states.
As the officers approached on foot, they heard what sounded like aerosol paint being sprayed. Six people ran in different directions and were caught by police and sheriff’s deputies, Slayton’s report states.
Several obscene pictures and sayings had been spray-painted onto the baseball field near the pitcher’s mound, causing about $1,000 in damage, the report states.
In other incidents:
A woman told police she was told in an e-mail she would receive a package containing checks made out to her. The e-mail’s instructions were for her to cash the checks, keep 10 percent of the money and send the remainder to a different address.
When the woman got home, she saw that she had received a large envelope with three money orders for $850 each. The woman contacted police.
A Wal-Mart employee is suspected of theft from the store. A cashier had been ringing up “small” items for friends but would deactivate the alarms on “larger” items and put them in bags without scanning for payment, police said.
The events occurred over several months and the store has lost at least $1,200 in merchandise, police said.
Several mailboxes in the area of 2400 12th were damaged. Some of the mailboxes had dents as though they were hit with a baseball bat or other object, police said. Police arrested Don Carmack, 26, of Brownwood on an assault charge after a domestic disturbance in the 2800 block of Southside. Someone took two televisions and clothes from a storage building in the 1800 block of Avenue K. Someone took a television, a sound system and a CD player from a home in the 1700 block of Avenue A. Someone took a pack of cigarettes and a cell phone from a vehicle left parked with its window down in the 200 block of West Commerce. Someone took a guitar, a Playstation II and tools from a home in the 2500 block of Belmeade. Police arrested Wilburn Coleman, 42, of Zephyr on a theft warrant and on new charges of possession of marijuana under 2 ounces and possession of drug paraphernalia while investigating an unrelated complaint in the 1600 block of Avenue C.