Teens Accused of Causing Thousands in Damage to Waupaca Home

By: WSAW Staff Email
By: WSAW Staff Email

Investigators say a shoe print ties a 17-year-old Waupaca teen to a serious case of vandalism.

On Nov. 2, the Waupaca Police Department responded to a home on the 300 block of Division Street for the reported of property damage.

According to the criminal complaint, the owners said the home was vacant and they were in the process of making repairs. Officers discovered numerous broken windows, including a large bay window, damage to two exterior doors, damaged light fixtures and switches, damage to the staircase banister, and damage to some of the walls. Officers noted dozens of beer cans and vomit in the kitchen.

Investigator say the suspect also left the gas lines open on the stove.

Daniel Diedrich, 17, and a minor accomplice were questioned. Diedrich admitted to the vandalism and said they broke the windows by throwing beer cans at them. When questioned about a motive, Diedrich said the two were “bored”.

The homeowners estimated the damage to be between $10,000 - $20,000. They also said the home had been damaged before.

The teens are also considered suspects in two car break-ins that occurred around the same time.

Diedrich is free on a $2,000 signature bond. He's charged with burglary, criminal damage to property and two counts of theft. He'll return to court on Nov. 19.

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