5 arrested in WC house destruction

May 19, 2009 4:08:50 PM PDT
An incredibly damaging case of vandalism is coming out of Westchester County. Police say teenagers destroyed the inside of a vacant house in Pound Ridge. There is criminal mischief, but authorities say this incident is vandalism on an extreme level. Police arrested five teenagers over the weekend for allegedly trashing the abandoned house.

Nearly every window and sliding door was broken, some by fire extinguishers that were tossed. Then, there is the graffiti. Spray paint covered nearly every wall in every room.

The suspects, four males and one 16-year-old female, are all from Norwalk, Connecticut, which is almost a half hour away. The group had apparently learned the house was vacant.

An officer on routine patrol spotted cars in the driveway and heard breaking glass. The home is unoccupied and had been broken into before. The house and 16-acre property was bought in 2004 by two developers for $2.5 million. The plan was to tear down the structure and rebuild, but instead, the house has sat empty. Even though it's too secluded to be considered an eyesore, residents in the area say it has been a source of worry.

A glass repairman estimated the cost of replacing just the windows at $30,000. Police asses the total damage at more than $100,000.

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WEB PRODUCED BY: Bill King


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