Eagle teens arrested after admitting to vandalism, graffiti

April 30, 2013 

Two boys told police they were responsible for damage done last week to bathrooms at Eagle Island State Park and the converted barn building on Hatchery Road, the Ada County Sheriff's Office announced Tuesday.

Police said the teens told them they broke the soap dispensers in two bathrooms sometime overnight April 24, but the bulk of the damage was done the next night to the Hatchery Road property. That's when the boys said they entered the building through an unlocked back door at about 8 p.m. and found some spray paint.

Police said the teens sprayed graffiti on walls, doors, a desk, a toilet and other areas. Swear words were used, and officials said the boys also stole a gas credit card and a horse lasso. Damage to the building is estimated from $3,000 to $5,000.

The teens, and another boy who said he only watched the vandalism take place, live nearby. Officials said they were quickly identified after Eagle police worked with Eagle Island State Park officials. They were arrested Monday and released to their parents.

All the boys are between 12 and 14 years old.

Police are trying to determine whether the incidents are related to similar vandalism cases, and say the boys also scratched a profane message on a metal sign at Eagle Island State Park last week.

Police said they expect to ask the boys and their families to pay the clean-up costs, which are still being determined.

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