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Three teens charged in vandalism

March 06, 2009

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- Three teenage boys have been charged for their alleged role in vandalism Jan. 31 at the Boys & Girls Club in Martinsburg, the city's police department announced Friday.

Charges of breaking and entering, destruction of property and conspiracy to commit destruction of property have been filed against two 13-year-old boys and a 16-year-old through Berkeley County Prosecuting Attorney Pamela J. Games-Neely's office, according to a news release from Detective Cpl. S.F. Doyle.

Doyle said Friday afternoon the club at 105 W. John St. had about $1,000 in damage.

Every fire extinguisher was emptied, chemicals were dumped and the club's fish eventually died from being poisoned, according to the club's unit director, Stacie Rohn.

The incident prompted one business owner to donate a security system to the club, Rohn said last month.

Rohn said volunteers, parents and others came together to clean up and reopen the club.

The vandalism was investigated by police department detectives and the agency's resource officer at Martinsburg High School, Doyle said in the news release.

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