Charge filed in vehicle vandalism
July 23, 2017
A Cherokee teen is facing a misdemeanor charge after an Alva woman reported vandalism to her vehicle.
Savanna Lynn Eshleman, 19, of Cherokee has been charged with injuring or molesting a motor vehicle, a misdemeanor. It carries a punishment for up to one year in prison and/or a fine of up to $500.
Court documents show on May 30 about 6:46 a.m. Alva Police Officer Sean Farris went to an apartment on Hart Street to check on a vehicle vandalism report. He met with Terra Henderson who said she found her car with all the air let out of her tires. The fuel tank door and fuel tank cap were both missing. She also found Jolly Rancher candies stuck to the windows.
Henderson suspected her ex-boyfriend Mikal Thompson was responsible as he had been angry with her earlier. Officer Farris had contact with Thompson earlier in the morning on a previous call.
Later in the morning, Eshleman, Thompson’s current girlfriend, came to the police department to talk about Thompson. Farris asked her about the vandalized vehicle, and she admitted to releasing the air from the tires on Henderson’s vehicle. She denied the damage to the gas tank door and cap. She said she had some friends with her to vandalize the vehicle but refused to give any information or names.
On June 2 Henderson met with Farris to update him on the damage. She had found key mark scratches to the paint on the vehicle. She also needed to have the gas tank drained and cleaned due to foreign substances. She received a verbal estimate of $700.
On June 7 Henderson reported the body shop estimate for damage to her vehicle was $1,475.42. She showed Farris a receipt for cleaning the fuel tank totaling $180.98. Total estimated cost of repairs is $1,656.40.