High School Student Arrested

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

A high school student was arrested at school Tuesday. Police say he is behind an increase in vandalism in Pike County.

It happened in Belfry Tuesday.

Police say the boy posted videos on the internet of himself doing everything from running over shopping carts to bursting milk jugs inside a grocery store.

Sheriff Deputies arrested 18 year old Jeremy Brown. He faces at least 27 charges of menacing. Investigators say the videos on the internet were posted in fun, but now the culprit in them, is going to jail.

For months, Pike County Sheriff deputies have been investigating various reports of vandalism at stores or harassment claims at fast food restaurants. The answer was right at their fingertips.

Investigators say someone pointed them to the website YouTube.com. There, they found 27 videos, several of the cases they were investigating were there, on tape, and posted on the internet.

"A scene like that would be put on the internet, but I guess we're living in a time we shouldn't be surprised of anything like this," said Pike County Sheriff Charles "fuzzy" Keesee.

In all of the scenes, the language and subject matter are too offensive and obscene to play on television.

"Something that's too hard to believe they would do that," Keesee said.

But each scene showed teen boys either destroying food in grocery stores or harassing fast food employees at the drive thru, or vandalizing other property.

"Gave us all the proof that we needed to make the arrest," Keesee said.

Sheriff Deputies arrested the teen in the videos, 18 year old Jeremy Brown. He is charged with 27 counts of menacing, one for each video, and other charges could be pending. Officers searched his car and found bats, slingshots, and other items they believe were used in other vandalized property cases.

"We hope to be able to stop that kind of vandalism," Keesee said.

They hope this arrest will more than stop the crime, but send a message to other teens to not try it.

Sheriff Deputies say their investigation isn't over, and they say they arrested Brown at school so other students will understand these acts are a crime and they're not putting up with it.

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