Someone broke out windows of a Key Peninsula church and community club, stole alcohol and ransacked the buildings five times in the last month.
Pierce County sheriff’s detectives believe they nabbed the vandals – a young man and three teenagers – earlier this week, easing the minds of members at Longbranch Community Church and Long-branch Improvement Club.
Prosecutors on Wednesday charged Andrew Joseph Geissler, 21, and the boys – ages 14, 14 and 16 – each with three counts of second-degree burglary and three counts of malicious mischief.
A not guilty plea was entered on behalf of Geissler, who remained jailed on $40,000 bail Wednesday. Not guilty pleas also were entered for the juveniles.
Juvenile Court Commissioner Dave Johnson allowed the two 14-year-old boys to be released on electronic-home monitoring. The 16-year-old remains detained at the Remann Hall juvenile detention center.
The damage to the two facilities in the 16500 block of 46th Street KPS is estimated at $12,500.
The trio smashed Christmas ornaments, rummaged through file cabinets and squirted mustard all over a computer, furniture, walls and the floor, according to court documents. They also sprayed at least four fire extinguishers in the club.
Detectives found empty Heineken beer bottles and Mike’s Hard Lemonade bottles lying in the grass outside the church. The alcohol is believed to have been stolen from the club.
The vandals allegedly told detectives they left the club at 4 a.m. Saturday and broke in again at 1 p.m., pulling away plywood that had been placed over the broken glass as a temporary fix.
During that ransacking, they broke the piano and smashed more furniture, court records show.