Two boys charged with damaging school maintenance yard

Posted: Tuesday, June 25, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two teen-agers were charged with first-degree criminal mischief and resisting arrest in connection with vandalism at the Anchorage School District maintenance yard.

The two teens, ages 13 and 14, caused more than $500,000 in damage, police said.

Police were first called to the site Friday night when a worker noticed two boys were operating lawn mowers. When the worker approached the two fled, according to police.

Authorities discovered broken windows in street sweepers, road graders, a tractor and a dump truck.

Another worker at the yard Sunday night noticed two boys again vandalizing the facility and called police. The boys fled, but officers managed to track down one of the boys in a wooded area. The suspect identified the other boy who was arrested at his home.

Police said the two boys admitted they also were responsible for the Friday night vandalism.

The vandalism done on Sunday included damage to a heating unit, a snow blower attachment, and two tractors. The boys also are suspected of driving the heavy equipment into four buildings at the maintenance yard and damaging the buildings.

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