A 16-year-old boy from northwest Texas County is implicated in a fire that destroyed a barn, theft and vandalism cases and an incident at the Plato School District, authorities said Monday.
A Texas County Sheriff’s Department deputy was dispatched to a Turley Road residence at Plato at about 9 p.m. Friday regarding a report of a burglary.
A 34-year-old man who lives there told the officer that nothing was missing, but significant damage had occurred at the point of attempted entry. The total damage done to a door, door frame, dead bolt and siding was estimated at about $580.
The same man called the following day to report that someone had set his barn on fire and it had been destroyed. An investigating officer observed that a section of fence had been cut large enough for an ATV or small vehicle to go through and reach the location of the barn, which was about 75 yards from Turley Road.
The officer stated that observing tire tracks was difficult in the area because the property owner, family and friends had already made numerous trips to and from the barn. A 16-year-old boy was reportedly a suspect in both incidents.
On Friday night, an officer had been dispatched to Plato School regarding a report of a possible intoxicated boy. The officer made contact with the boy — suspected in the fire and other incidents — and he admitted to drinking liquor and was released to his parents.