NEW VANDALISM PROMPTS CRACKDOWN ON CURFEW

July 25, 2000 11:00 pm

Two Brookings youths are responsible for ripping up mail in more than 86 mail boxes, police said.

The incidents have prompted Brookings police to crack down on curfew violations. Youths who are out past curfew will soon be receiving citations and may be taken into protective custody, police said.

Curfew within the city limits is 10:30 p.m. Outside the city limits, it is midnight, police said.

A Brookings citizen called the police on Sunday about 6:20 a.m. to report mail thrown all over Maple Street and all of the mail boxes open, police said.

During the investigation, police found that mailboxes had been opened and mail ripped up and thrown out on Maple Street, Alder Street, South Hazel Street, Tanbark Street, Memory Lane, Del Norte Avenue, Cushing Court and Seascape, police said.

Information was obtained that led the police to three boys. During the interviews, police learned that at least 86 mailboxes had been opened and the mail ripped up.

Officer Jess Oliver spoke to three boys around 1 a.m. on Sunday and warned them about curfew. One of the boys went home and the other two, 14 and 16 years old, proceeded to open the mailboxes and rip up the mail, police said.

In addition, the two boys broke into an unlocked 1983 Chevy Blazer on Lilac Lane and stole two walkie-talkies and the car keys, police said.

Later on Sunday, the 14 year old gave the walkie-talkie to a 15-year-old friend who got spooked and threw it into the ocean, said Officer Donny Dotson. The keys were also thrown into the ocean by the 16 year old.

On Sunday afternoon, Officer Dotson contacted two youths while patrolling. One of the youths was the 16 year old and he was taken into custody, said Officer Dotson.

He had the other walkie-talkie from the car burglary in his pocket, said Officer Dotson.

Around the same time, Officer Terry Murray contacted the 14 year old involved and took him into custody.

The 15 year-old who threw the walkie-talkie into the ocean was charged with theft by receiving and tampering with evidence, Officer Dotson said. He was charged and released.

The 14-year-old is lodged in the juvenile detention facility in Coquille. He was already on probation when he committed these crimes, police said.

The 16 year old is on house arrest, Officer Dotson said.

Officer Dotson said the three youths were very cooperative and confessed to the crimes. He said they also confessed to crimes that hadnt been reported yet including cutting the pressure washer line at Betsy Bubble Bath.

They also confessed to criminal mischief at the Four Square Gospel Church where they said they tampered with the garbage cans and cut a garden hose, Officer Dotson said.

Those crimes hadnt been reported to the police yet, but were reported soon after the youth confessed, said Officer Dotson.

Because of the number of victims, the police are unsure of how the two youths will be charged, but they will be charged with unlawful entry to a motor vehicle, theft from a vehicle and multiple charges of criminal mischief, Officer Dotson said.

The mail was picked up by Officers Jess Oliver and Curt Fox and was given to the U.S. Postal Service.

Postal supervisor Dave Kime said mail that is torn in half or otherwise defaced will be returned to the sender with a note. Mail that is salvageable will be sent to its owner.