Concord Township Teens Blamed for Wide Ranging Damage

By: Lori Dougovito Email
By: Lori Dougovito Email

The Jackson County Sheriff's Department tells News Ten they stole fire extinguishers and flares and used them to vandalize homes, a park and even their own school. Deputies say three Concord Township boys, 16,16 and 13, did it all late Saturday night.

The men's bathroom attached to Concord Community Schools' concession stand was hit the hardest. Superintendent Robert Bada showed us the damage Monday afternoon. "They pulled the toilet out of the floor, ruined the flush valve on the urinal, tore off the door between the urinal and the sink and broke out the lights," he explained.
He estimates the damage to be more than $1,000 adding the boys, who are believed to be Concord Community Schools students, could be suspended or expelled.

The concession stand was also broken into, five fire extinguishers and a handful of flares taken from five school buses. Deputies say they also stole fire extinguishers and flares from the Village's Department of Public Works.

Homeowner Lee Gazlay says his mailbox was torched, he even found a piece of the flare he believes was used. "We got up at 7 a.m. and it (the mailbox) was still smoldering, post and all right down to the ground. They also broke out the light in our yard light," he says.

At the park, deputies believe the kids used the flares again and a railroad tie to try and bust into another concession stand. They were unsuccessful.

Two of the boys are being held at the Jackson Youth Center, the other was released to his parents. All three face charges of arson, attempted arson, breaking and entering, larceny and malicious destruction of property.

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