BB Gun Vandals Cause Estimated $77,000 in Damage
Spokane Valley Investigative Unit Detective John Oliphant charged 19-year-old Timofey P. Bezverkhov and 18-year-old Nikolay Y. Leksunkin for 1st Degree Malicious Mischief after learning they shot several windows with BB guns throughout Spokane Valley. The total damage caused by Bezverkhov and Leksunkin during these multiple incidents is estimated to be over $77,000.
From his investigation, Detective Oliphant learned Bezverkhov and Leksunkin drove around and shot cars, houses, businesses and windows several times between November 22nd, 2015 and January 3rd, 2016. The pair victimized citizens and businesses alike in the general areas of 8th Avenue between Carnahan and Park Road, along the Sprague/Appleway corridor and up and down the Argonne/Mullan corridor as well as some incidents in adjacent neighborhoods.
The two suspects were stopped in a vehicle and identified on January 3rd, 2016 by Deputy Jeff Getchell and Deputy Randy Watts after an observant citizen witnessed the suspects in the act and began following the vehicle.
The suspects said they initially started shooting cans and bottles after purchasing a BB gun but eventually became bored before deciding to drive around and shoot cars, houses and buildings.
It is only with the assistance of an observant citizen coupled with the hard work of patrol deputies and detectives, these suspects were caught and can now be held accountable for their actions.
Deputy Mark Gregory
Spokane County Sheriff’s Office
Public Information Officer