A man has been charged in connection to multiple vehicles that were egged last month in Bismarck.
Benedict August Ponzer, 19, has been charged with felony criminal mischief that resulted in more than $3,000 worth of damage to vehicles.
On June 18, more than 20 people reported to the Bismarck Police Department that their vehicles had been hit with eggs, according to court documents. Pioneer Elementary School also was egged.
Two suspects also had removed all the food items from the Little Free Pantry box located outside the school.
Three victims reported $3,218 worth of damage to their vehicles, including paint damage, dents, and one vehicle had damage to the windshield due to a large parking cone being placed on it. Two victims' vehicles were parked on the streets in north Bismarck: Valley Drive and Xavier Street. Another vehicle was parked in a parking lot on the 4000 block of Lockport Street.
A Bismarck police officer reviewed school surveillance video and spotted a red Ford Escort Wagon and two suspects. A third suspect remained inside the vehicle and cannot be seen on the video.
The officer went to Lockport Street and noticed a red Ford Escort Wagon in the parking lot with all of the vehicle's windows down and food items from the Little Free Pantry on the backseats and floorboards.
The officer ran the vehicle's registration and found Ponzer's driver's license picture and matched him to one of the suspects on Pioneer Elementary School's surveillance video who allegedly removed food from the Little Free Pantry and threw eggs at the building.
The officer contacted Ponzer, who told the officer he parked his vehicle the prior afternoon and hadn't left his apartment since.
When asked why he and his vehicle were on surveillance video, his story changed and Ponzer reportedly admitted to throwing eggs at the school, but he denied throwing any at vehicles.
Ponzer told the officer he and his two friends, whom he only knows by their first names, David and Ryan, threw eggs at vehicles. He apparently admitted to placing the parking cone on a windshield, but denied damaging it.
Ponzer had his initial appearance last week, where South Central District Judge Cynthia Feland set his bond at $500.
(Reach Blair Emerson at 701-250-8251 or Blair.Emerson@bismarcktribune.com)