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Teens face theft, vandalism charges

Juveniles accused of damaging athletic fields

Three juveniles have been charged with vandalizing athletic fields in northern Blair County in early February.

According to Tyrone police, three boys, ages 12, 14 and 15, face felony and misdemeanor charges stemming from the theft of a van and dirt bike in Tyrone and damage to the Tyrone Area School District’s softball fields and the soccer fields in Tipton owned by Vitro Automotive glass.

Police said two of the boys, the 12-year-old and 15-year-old, stole a 2002 Suzuki JR80 dirt bike from the 500 block of West 14th Street during the overnight hours of Jan. 31. They rode it around before hiding the bike and, overnight on Feb. 1, the boys stole a van from the parking lot of the Bible Baptist Church, police said.

According to police, the pair then retrieved the dirt bike, loaded it into the van and drove to pick up the 14-year-old. Police said all three rode the van across the athletic fields, starting in Tyrone.

In Tipton, the van flipped on its side on the soccer fields and the three abandoned it, police said.

The boys who allegedly stole the dirt bike and van face multiple felony and misdemeanor counts, including felony conspiracy, institutional vandalism and theft, while the third boy is charged with felony counts including receiving stolen property and institutional vandalism, police reported.

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