Four teenagers from Union Township and Miami Township have been charged in a malicious vandalism case. According to the Miami Township Police Department, the four teens were caught and confessed to a series of incidents in both Miami and Union townships early Sunday morning, and are each charged with 72 counts of vandalism in the damaging of 18 homes.
Several mailboxes and light posts were smashed with a baseball bat and several cars were egged during the spree, which ended at 2 a.m. when the teens were apprehended by the Miami Township Police. All of the teens, including a Miami Township girl, age 17, and three other teens from Union Township, one age 17 and the other two 16, confessed when apprehended by the police.
“Totally senseless,” said Miami Township Police Chief Steve Bailey. “Innocent people woke up Sunday morning to find a lot of damage to their homes and cars. Hopefully, these culprits and their parents will pay for what they did when they go through the legal system.”
In Union Township, damage was reported on Romohr, Berdale and Brandyway roads. Damages totaled around $1,400.
According to the Miami Township Police Department, the teens were captured in the act of seeking more homes to damage on Branch Hill-Guinea Pike Road.
An officer stopped their vehicle after a 911 report of damaging. The car was suspicious because it made several quick turns into streets without signaling.
The car contained eggs, and a baseball bat was found that had been thrown from the car shortly before it was pulled over.
Chief Bailey wondered why the teens were allowed out at that hour by their parents.
"Thankfully, our officers were quick to spot the vehicle and make the arrests," Chief Bailey said. "It's hard to understand why these people did what they did, or why their parents allowed them out at 2 a.m. to do this. Hopefully, this will send a message to anyone who thinks they can get away with senseless acts like this."