TIP LEADS TO TEEN VANDALS

July 22, 2000 12:00 am

Two Brookings teenagers, 13 and 14 years old, are on house arrest after being apprehended for the vandalism and theft of mailboxes, lawn ornaments and private mail, police said.

More than 12 separate reports were taken by the Brookings Police Department in addition to reports taken by the Curry County Sheriffs Department.

A citizen read the article about the vandalism in The Pilot on Wednesday and supplied the names of the suspects to the police, said Brookings Police Officer Terry Murray.

Officer Donny Dotson went to the home of one of the boys and found them both there.

Officer Dotson said they did admit to the crimes and apologized saying they would do whatever it took to fix it.

The juvenile department was contacted and the boys were placed on house arrest.

It was determined that the boys allegedly committed the crimes after 11 p.m. on Sunday, July 16, police said.

Officer Dotson said the total loss is less than $1,000 so the boys have been charged with second-degree criminal mischief.

Reports of the vandalism and stolen articles along with the criminal charges will be referred to the Curry County Juvenile Department for further prosecution, police said.

Officer Dotson said that he believes the juvenile department plans to give the boys community service.