Two 17-year old boys charged in burglary of ropes course shed

Posted Aug. 28, 2013, at 11:26 a.m.

WATERVILLE, Maine — A pair of teenage boys are facing charges after allegedly breaking into a Waterville Junior High shed and stealing numerous ropes course equipment.

On Aug. 21, a junior high school employee discovered that the shed had been burglarized and a number of lengths of climbing rope and other equipment stolen, Waterville Deputy Chief Charles Rumsey said.

The previous day, a man had spotted what appeared to be a campsite in the woods along nature trails behind the school, Rumsey said, along with a red vehicle. The witness relayed that information to the school employee, who later spotted the burglarized shed and called police.

As Officer Damon Lefferts investigated, he recognized the description of the car from a previous encounter at Thomas College in which four young occupants had intended to camp out there but were told to leave and not return, the deputy chief said.

It turns out the car was registered to the father of one of the suspects, and a search of his property, along with a search of the woods behind the school, turned up numerous stolen items.

Police eventually charged two 17-year old juveniles, whose names weren’t released, with burglary and criminal mischief, Rumsey said. Their court date is Oct. 15.

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