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Teens arrested in vandalism

WARRENSBURG A pair of arrests in Warrensburg last week may not be related to a group suspected of vandalism in town. Frederick Winter, 18, was arrested on May 23 for an incident that occurred on May 8 and Logan Rock, 16, was arrested May 14 for an incident that occurred on May 9. Warren County Sheriffs Office arrested Winter and after a brief investigation, it was determined that he had scratched the paint of a 1967 Mercury Cougar with a key that was parked in the Warrensburg Corner Car Care parking lot. Police said that Winter was also responsible for several other acts of vandalism that evening. He was charged with criminal mischief in the third degree, a felony, and will appear at Warrensburg Town Court. Rock was charged with grand larceny of a motor vehicle on the grounds of the Warren County Fish Hatchery. He allegedly took a vehicle owned by the Department of Environmental Conservation and drove it on Echo Lake Road where he collided with a steel barbecue grill, causing over $2,200 in damage to the car. Rock was charged with grand larceny in the third degree, a felony, and issued a traffic ticket for operating a vehicle without a license. He was arraigned at Warrensburg Town Court and later released on his own recognizance. Warren County Sheriff Larry Cleveland said he does not believe that the two incidents are related to a recent spate of vandalism in the area. Theres no connection that Im aware of, Cleveland said. These two were at a party at the Fish Hatchery and got into trouble after that. Cleveland said that the criminal activity in Warrensburg isnt that unusual, but is just getting more attention. People think that because the police department closed up, that things are out of hand and thats just not the case, he said. The Warren County Sheriffs Department is in the process of opening a substation in the Senior Citizens building in Warrensburg to increase police presence. We wanted to be in there by Memorial Day Weekend, but Time Warner wont be able to get our fiber optics installed for two more weeks and we cant operate without our computers, he said. But we will be there before school is out, thats our main goal. He said that with the arrest of a Thurman teen for vandalism at the town park, the few youths who have been causing trouble have calmed down. Very few kids are causing the trouble and weve identified them, he said. They think its great fun to cause trouble, but its no joke when you get caught. Winter and Rock could face up to one to three years in prison since both are charged with felonies. Cleveland said they most likely could face local jail time with fines, restitution and community service.

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