June 22, 2018
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Four teens trashed Waterville home, police say

By Ryan McLaughlin, BDN Staff

WATERVILLE, Maine — Four juveniles are facing multiple felony charges after they heavily damaged a Pine Street home during the course of a month, according to police.

The suspects are two boys, 14 and 15, and two girls, 13 and 14, whose names Deputy Chief Charles Rumsey could not release because of their ages. They are accused of Class B felony burglary and Class C aggravated criminal mischief, Rumsey said Thursday.

The homeowner primarily lives in Massachusetts but stays at the home when visiting friends and relatives in the Elm City. Around 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, he arrived to find his house in shambles, according to Rumsey.

“This appeared to have been damage done for the sake of doing damage,” Rumsey said, noting the man was not a target.

The homeowner had been out of town for about a month, according to Rumsey, and his home had apparently not been checked on by a friend who typically fulfills those duties when the man is away.

Rumsey said the teens entered the house through an unlocked door and had done damage multiple times in the last month.

When Waterville police Officer Dennis Picard canvassed the scene on Wednesday morning, he found extensive damage, Rumsey said.

“The interior of the home was absolutely devastated,” Rumsey said, noting that there was broken glass, damaged appliances, broken picture frames and holes in walls.

The home had between $10,000 and $15,000 in damage, Rumsey said.

Picard conducted interviews throughout the neighborhood after canvassing the scene and talking to the homeowner, and was able to positively identify the four suspects, according to Rumsey.

The juveniles were not arrested, but are scheduled to appear in court on Feb. 12 to face the charges, Rumsey said. They are in the custody of their parents.

Nothing was taken from the home, and Rumsey said the suspects have no criminal records.

“Theft was not a motivation,” Rumsey said. “This was something as far as Picard can tell was done out of boredom.”

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