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Teen Pleads Not Guilty in Wahpeton Crime Spree

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Shawn Sondrol, 19 Shawn Sondrol, 19


The teen accused of a crime spree in Wahpeton overnight June 6-7 pleaded not guilty to his charges.  19-year-old Shawn Sondrol is facing two charges of endangerment by fire and five charges of unlawful entry stemming from the spree.

Police say Sondrol burned two cars, slashed tires, and broke into several other vehicles across Wahpeton.  The state's attorney tells us police are still investigating the attacks, and more charges could be possible.

Sondrol also faces three other unlawful entry charges stemming from some break-ins in April. He is being held on a $50,000 dollars bond.


A vandal left a trail of destruction in Wahpeton late Thursday night. Two car fires were just a couple incidents in a string of related crimes. Police had more than 20 reports as of Friday evening.

Neighbors in the area of one of the car fires were shocked by what they saw. "There was huge flames shooting out of the car and stuff, and I guess, I wasn't sure what was going on," said Wendy Kahler.

Friday morning she saw the remnants and added, "This is crazy. There's like nothing left of it."

"It was scary that stuff like that could happen in the neighborhood," said Kahler.

She was just getting ready for bed when she heard a car's horn. She said, "So I came outside, and I could see the glow of the fire and the black smoke."

The car's owner said he too heard his horn going off. He looked outside and saw flames above the garage, so he got his kids out of the house to safety.

It took firefighters more than an hour to put out the flames, and when they were done with the first, they were called to another. The second one happened a few blocks north and caught part of the garage on fire, but nothing else, besides the car, was damaged.

Unfortunately for police, the calls continued. "I came outside last night, and there was a car on fire," said Brittany Scott. Scott lives just down the block from the first car fire. She noticed she had a flat tire, but thought nothing of it.

Friday morning her roommate said his tire was slashed, so she went to take another look. "This guy scratched my car up, slashed one of my tires and tried to slash my front tire," said Scott.

So far police believe there are more than 20 related cases from the car fires to car vandalisms and break-ins.

They did arrest a 19-year-old man, and they do not believe there is an accomplice. But neighbors are still very upset. "(It) seems useless that somebody, that that's entertainment," said Kahler.

Though Scott said a couple of scratches and slashed tires is the best case scenario for her. She said, "I'm glad my car doesn't look like his because it's pretty much just a pile of coals."

The 19-year-old's name is being withheld until he is formally charged. He is facing five counts of unlawful entry into a motor vehicle and two counts of endangerment by fire. The counts carry five years in prison and a $5,000 fine. He could also face other charges.

The man's bond has been set at $50,000.

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