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Police say teens confess in vandalism spree

August 31, 2005|by DAVE McMILLION

charlestown@herald-mail.com

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Investigators said Tuesday they have three teenage suspects in a string of vandalism incidents at Jefferson High School and the Ninth Grade Center.

Two teenage boys from Jefferson County have given confessions which implicate them and a third Jefferson County boy in the vandalism, said Detective Shawn Bonifant of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department.

Bonifant said he plans to file juvenile petitions against the boys either this week or next week.

Also, Bonifant said investigators have confiscated three baseball bats that were used in the vandalism and recovered most of the candy which was stolen out of the concession stand at the Jefferson High School football field.

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Bonifant declined to say where the baseball bats were found and said he has no motive for the vandalism.

The vandalism started Aug. 18 when vandals broke into a press box and concession stand at Jefferson High's football field. Once inside the buildings, the vandals tore up scoreboard and public address systems and smashed vending machines and food coolers, police said.

In the concession stand, melted butter and nacho cheese was "poured everywhere" and all but one window was smashed in the press box, police said.

Damage was estimated at more than $50,000, said Jefferson County Superintendent of Schools R. Steven Nichols.

The Ninth Grade Center next door was also vandalized as was a Head Start facility near T.A. Lowery Elementary School along W.Va. 9 near Bardane, W.Va., Bonifant said.

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