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Teens arrested for vandalizing home

By Evrod Cassimy – bio | email

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) – Teens break in and trash the inside of a home and walk out right into the hands of police. This happened in the 3300 block of Mill Race Road just before 2 yesterday afternoon.

This isn't the first time this home was vandalized. The teens walked in to the house in the middle of the afternoon and walked out right into the backseat of a cop car.

A security sign hidden between uncut blades of grass is the only thing protecting the vacant home from burglars. It didn't, however, stop a group of teens from breaking in and trashing the place inside.

"There was windows open and the front door was open," said witness, Shannon Murphy. "We had seen like 5 teenagers being taken away. It was like 5 police cars and a van and I think another one a little bit down the street."

Shannon and her mother were home when the noticed the unusual police activity in their Chesterfield County neighborhood. What was even more surprising was who they saw police taking away, Shannon's former classmates.

"I was a little shocked," said Shannon. "I didn't think that they would actually do that since I knew all 5 of them."

The uncut grass is a clear sign that the home has been vacant for quite some time. Neighbors tell us that no one's lived there for about one month. They believe the teens broke in out of sheer boredom.

"Summer....there's nothing to do," said Shannon's mother, Laura. "They get together and they go, 'hmmmm....that house is empty let's go get into it!' You're messing up your lives doing stuff like that."

Neighbors aren't sure if this house is for sale or not. But to prevent burglars it's a good idea to keep the lawn maintained at the very least. Leaving a car in the driveway is also a good tip to keep vandals from thinking that no one's home.

If there's a crime issue in your neighborhood you want us to help you with, just send an e-mail to ECassimy@nbc12.com.

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