Teens jailed for shooting vehicles

Published 11:59 pm Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Two Straughn teens were jailed Wednesday for allegedly shooting at least four unoccupied vehicles in their community.

Jacob Chesser and Stephen Allen Jones, both 18, were questioned and later confessed their responsibility in the shootings.

Each is charged with four counts of discharging a firearm into an unoccupied vehicle, four counts of first-degree criminal mischief and one count of second-degree criminal mischief.

Sheriff Dennis Meeks said the first “shooting” was reported shortly after 10:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Antioch-Robin Road area in Straughn.

When deputies responded, they were unable to locate anyone in the vicinity, he said.

“Then, sometime around 3:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dep. Kevin Wise responded to another call concerning an 18-wheeler on Antioch Road that had been shot,” he said. “Upon his arrival, he found a truck belonging to Billy Barnes Trucking that had been shot with a shotgun.

“Deputies then immediately started looking in the area both for those responsible and for the possibility of other damages,” he said. “They found another 18-wheeler, this one belonging to Schneider Trucking, on Robin Road, that had been shot an estimated 13 times.”

As the morning progressed, deputies located two other vehicles — a Chevrolet Z-71 and a Ford Mustang Cobra — shot on Antioch Road.

An eyewitness allegedly saw a vehicle shot on Robin Road and identified the suspects’ vehicle as an orange Chevrolet pickup truck. Using that information, deputies were able to discover it and the two suspects on Straughn School Road.

“Deputies located the two boys, as well as the truck,” he said. “Inside it, deputies located one of the weapons used, as well as other physical evidence.”

The shootings were random, he said.

The investigation into the shootings is still ongoing and anyone with any information is asked to call the Covington County Sheriff’s Office at 428-2640.