Five teens ar­rested af­ter Le­an­der home robbed, de­faced with Klan, Nazi im­ages

Austin American-Statesman - - METRO & STATE - By Clau­dia Grisales cgrisales@states­man.com, 912-5933

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

Al­li­son Bon­net

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