Teens Charged in Vandalism Spree

By Scanlan, Dan | The Florida Times Union, July 4, 1998 | Go to article overview

Teens Charged in Vandalism Spree


Scanlan, Dan, The Florida Times Union


Three teenage Julington Creek Plantation boys were arrested

Monday on felony criminal mischief charges following a weekend

vandalism and theft spree that caused an estimated $10,500

damage.

Six other teenagers from the planned community were arrested on

separate burglary charges June 21 after a home in the 600 block

of Calico Court was burglarized, said the St. Johns County

Sheriff's Office.

The two incidents were not connected, and most items stolen in

both have been returned to victims. But police said there is one

similarity -- both involved 13- to 15-year-olds who got into

trouble because no one was keeping an eye on them.

"Evidently their parents don't know where they are at and what

they are doing at night. There doesn't seem to be a lot of

supervision. There is no curfew in the county," said Lt. Robbie

Taylor. "This [vandalism] is certainly not run-of-the-mill. The

volume of it is tremendous."

The vandalism included the destruction of at least 150

mailboxes with a heavy aluminum flashlight, as well as damage to

spotlights and signs all over the planned community. Then

three soccer goals and locks on two storage lockers were smashed

at the 8-month-old Julington Creek Soccer Park on Race Track

Road, police said.

Creeks Athletic Association president Kathy Minnis knew her

neighbors' mailboxes had been hit, but it didn't prepare her for

the shock of seeing the damage at the volunteer-run soccer park

June 30.

"We are disgusted that there are kids with nothing better to

do. They take away from other kids who have something to do. Our

soccer team uses those goals. They stole from other kids,"

Minnis said. "We want community service [from the culprits]. I

would like to see them give back to the group they stole from in

some way, and not money."

The spree ran from June 23 to 28, when police said three teens

on bicycles rode along Lynwood Loop, Larkspur Loop, Dewberry

Drive North and South and nearby roads between midnight and 3

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