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Group of teens charged for robberies and vandalisms

Updated: Wednesday, September 18 2013, 02:38 PM CDT
Written by: Rachel Snody (RSnody@local21news.com)

The West York Borough Police have charged four teens in a series of gang related crimes in West York Borough. Another group of four teens were also charged for non-gang related crimes.

Police say an investigation began in July after playground equipment in the pavilion at Shelly Park was damaged. Police say the damage was deliberate and the group wrote hundreds of markings on the property with permanent marker. The group allegedly wrote gang names, street names, profanities and obscene drawings.

Officials say the clean up of the graffiti could cost as much as $30,000.

In August, officers discovered gang related, spray painted vandalism under the S. Highland Avenue bridge.

West York Borough Police investigated other incidents that were determined to be assaults and robberies, that were determined to be gang related.

A 15-year-old male of West York was charged with three counts of felony criminal mischief and conspiracy. Another 15-year-old male of West York was charged with two counts of felony criminal mischief and conspiracy.  A 15-year-old male from York City was charged with two counts of felony criminal mischief, conspiracy and one count of simple assault for an incident in the 1st block of N. Highland Avenue in July. A 14-year-old male is also facing one count of felony criminal mischief and conspiracy for the Shelly Park vandalism.  He is also facing, one count of attempted robbery, attempted theft and simple assault, and one count of robbery, theft and receiving stolen property, for an incident on West Market Street in March 2013.

Four other females, two 14-year-olds and two 15-year-olds were identified for their involvement in separate and non-gang related vandalism at Shelly Park. All four teens were referred to Juvenile Probation’s Youth Aid Panel for prosecution. Group of teens charged for robberies and vandalisms


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