4 teens confess to BB vandalism; Car, home windows damaged.
SHREWSBURY - Four local teenagers who said they were bored caused thousands of dollars of damage when they used BB pistols to shoot out windows in dozens of cars throughout town, as well as a window in a local business and a picture window at a Sinclair Road home, police say.
The vandalism spree took place over a four-day period and included cars parked in private driveways from the Boylston town line to the Worcester town line.
Police were able to find four suspects after one of the victims heard shots he recognized as BBs coming from a vehicle. The man provided police with four of six digits of the license plate number. A Registry of Motor Vehicles check led police to 38 Angela Ave., the home of one of the suspects, 17-year-old Talia Blaisdell. Police said Ms. Blaisdell was driving her mother's car, a 1997 Nissan Altima, during the vandalism spree.
The other three teenagers are Scott R. Lenahan, 18, of 81 Main St., Timothy J. Skavis, 17, of 20 Oakland Ave., and Michael Girard, 18, of 17 Eaton Place.
Officer Richard Fiske said because the four eventually confessed, they were not arrested, but will be summoned to Westboro District Court. Each will be charged with 37 counts of malicious destruction of property and violation of a local bylaw which prohibits the discharge of a BB gun across a public way.
The vandalism began on Oct. 16, to a car parked at 605 Grafton St. The last reported vandalism was Saturday at 302 Lake St. Most of the damaged vehicles were on Lake, Oak, Grove streets and South Quinsigamond Avenue, but other targeted vehicles were at homes on Main and Hascall streets, Old Mill Road, Wesleyan Terrace, Edgemont Road, Wachusett Circle, and Robin Road. A window at Paquette Farm Stand on Grafton Street and the picture window of a home at 7 Sinclair Road were also shattered.
Officer Fiske said a consent search of Ms. Blaisdell's vehicle revealed BB shells throughout the car and yellow shooting glasses. Three BB pistols were turned over to police after they confessed, the officer said.
"They apologized. They said it was a prank that got out of hand. They said they were bored," Officer Fiske said. "I said, `You're 18. Find something to do.'"
Officer Fiske said he also told the teenagers that they had terrorized the town and people are now afraid to park their vehicles in their driveways.
The vandalism spree strained police resources. He said police got a flood of 911 calls. While they were responding to one call, more would be coming into the police station.
"I'm glad it's over. We were taking several reports every day," Officer Fiske said.
The teenagers also caused thousands of dollars of damage. Officer Fiske said he is in the process of calling all the victims to tally up the damages. While insurance companies likely cover the damage, the teenagers may be required to pay restitution, he said.
"We're telling all the victims to keep their receipts. The (Worcester District Attorney's) office is going to call them," the officer said.
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|Publication:||Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, MA)|
|Date:||Oct 24, 2007|
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