Five teens arrested after Leander home robbed, defaced with Klan, Nazi images
Five teens were arrested Wednesday, accused of burglarizing and vandalizing a Leander home last month, Travis County officials said.
The teens were each charged with burglary of a habitation and engaging in organized criminal activity, according to sheriff’s office spokesman Roger Wade. Two of the teens were charged as adults.
More arrests and charges are possible, Wade said, and the sheriff’s office is investigating whether the teens were involved in other burglaries in the Cherry Hollow neighborhood in Leander.
Allison Bonnet and Shawn Morgan Turnage, both 17, were booked shortly after 10 a.m. Wednesday and are being held on $20,000 bail each, according to jail records. The younger teens — a 13-year-old boy, a 14-year-old boy and a 15-year-old girl—were taken to the Gardner Betts Juvenile Justice Center, Wade said.
According to an arrest affidavit, the five teens ransacked the home, at the 21600 block of Quail Valley Court, and stole a .22-caliber rifle, a gun case, jewelry, electronics, money and a guitar. The inside of the home was also spray-painted with Ku Klux Klan and Nazi symbols, the affidavit said.
The home was burglarized and vandalized while it was vacant over a period of several days, Wade said. Police responded to a burglary call there June 14 and met with the home’s owner, he said.
All but the youngest teen admitted a role in taking many of the items from the home, as well as spray-painting the interior of the home, the affidavit said.
The home’s owner told officials that … she believed the incident to be a hate crime, the affidavit said. A sheriff’s office spokesman said that it was unclear whether the case qualified as a hate crime.
The home’s owner told officials that several multiethnic residents live in the area and that she believed the incident to be a hate crime, the affidavit said.
Wade said that it was unclear whether the case qualified as a hate crime but that the investigation was ongoing.
Shawn Morgan Turnage