Saturday, January 12, 2002

8 teens arrested in car-egging case

By Janice Morse
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        FAIRFIELD TWP. — Two carloads of teens were having a smashing good time, egging 43 cars and using two-way radios to “compare notes on what subdivisions they had hit and how many cars they got,” said Police Chief Richard St. John.

        Ultimately, the alleged vandals' technology was used against them as police cracked the case.

        Once police caught the first car, “they had the kids call the other car on their two-way and tell them to come over there,” Chief St. John said.

        Eight boys, ages 14 to 16, were arrested. They are scheduled to appear in Juvenile Court on Monday. Each is charged with eight delinquency counts of criminal damaging and eight delinquency counts of possession of criminal tools.

        Although the Jan. 4 vandalism might be viewed as a youthful prank, Chief St. John estimated that the teens caused tens of thousands of dollars' worth of damage.

        The teens were released to their parents in Fairfield and Fairfield Township. When caught, they had 14 dozen eggs, police said.

        Officers in Liberty Township and Fairfield were investigating whether the teens may have been responsible for similar incidents, Chief St. John said.

        Chief St. John said he could not recall a group of youngsters using such sophisticated means to coordinate vandalism.


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