Police: Three St. Charles racist-vandalism suspects confessed
Three teens accused of a vandalism spree at a St. Charles Park District office last December have confessed to that and other crimes, according to a police affidavit used to secure a search warrant for one of the teen's phones.
Police officers also found a scrawled a swastika on a wall and wrote the word "Jew" below it in a vandalized office area at the park district building at 3625 Campton Hills Road, St. Charles, according to the affidavit.
"All three subjects eventually were located and interviewed at the (St. Charles Police Department) on Dec. 21 (2014)," wrote St. Charles police officer Bill Tynan in an affidavit for the Kane County search warrant. "All three gave taped statements in which they detailed their collective involvement in not only this incident but several others over the course of approximately six weeks in the Campton Hills area."
Charged in the St. Charles incident are Kyle Wandle, 19, of St. Charles; Nicholas P. Zamecnik, 18, of Elburn; and William J. Donlevy, 18, of the St. Charles.
Each is free on bail and faces felony charges of burglary and criminal damage to state supported property.
If convicted of the most severe crime, each faces a sentence ranging from probation to up to seven years in prison.
Wandle is due in court on April 13; Donlevy and Zamecnik are due in court on April 22.
In addition to broken computers, smashed windows and damaged goods, officers also found a Nazi symbol, according to the affidavit.
"On one wall I noted a swastika was carved into it and the word 'Jew' was carved below it," Tynan wrote. "Otherwise, it appeared the offenders seemed content to simply throw and break random objects around and break windows."
Wandle, Zamecnik, Donlevy and a fourth defendant, Jacob Pincipato, 18, of South Elgin, also have been charged in the December burglary and vandalism of Wasco Elementary School and Wasco Nursery and Garden Center in Campton Hills.
All are free on bail and face a range of probation to seven years in prison if convicted on the burglary charges and up to five years prison for damage to state-supported property. Principato is due in court on March 11.