WHITEHALL, N.Y. (NEWS10) – New York State Police arrested two people they said caused more than $1,000 in damages to Whitehall High School.
A 16-year-old and Alan Dufresne Jr., 20, were arrested after a short investigation. They were both charged with third-degree burglary and second-degree criminal mischief.
Police said it all began just after 8 p.m. Tuesday when the pair broke into a shed at the recreation center and stole the Whitehall Youth League’s 4-wheeler. Chad Monty is the league’s president.
“This is the kids’ of the community; that’s theirs,” he said. “You know, that’s to keep their organization, their fields nice for, you know, the sports that we do.”
Police said Dufresne Jr. and the teen then drove off in the vehicle to the high school. There, they are accused of making illegal entry through a rear door.
Police said they caused more than $1,500 in damages. They are accused of damaging pool doors, the pool area, the nurse’s and principal’s office, the vending machines, and damaging a trophy case.
Dufresne Jr. and the teen were identified through surveillance footage. They were located in the village and taken into custody without incident early Wednesday morning.
Parent Janice Persons is happy they were caught, but she’s still concerned.
“Might give the kids the wrong impression that, you know, we can go out and do anything we want to do and damage other people’s property,” she said.
Police also said the two threatened a group of people with a metal pipe Tuesday night. Law enforcement plans to charge the pair for that incident as well as the one at the shed.
Both were arraigned and remanded to Washington County Jail on $500 cash/$1,000 bond.