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Three local teens arrested in vandalism spree

Original post made on Feb 5, 2010

Los Altos police on Wednesday arrested three teenagers, all students at Mountain View or Alta Vista high schools, in connection with a highly destructive vandalism spree over the weekend that marred private and public property around Covington Elementary School.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, February 5, 2010, 11:41 AM

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Posted by Jess
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Feb 5, 2010 at 2:28 pm

Such a sad reflection on today's youth. Parents need to step up to the plate and be aware of where their children are.

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Posted by heartfulart
a resident of Shoreline West
on Feb 5, 2010 at 2:37 pm

These kids should all be sent to volunteer in Haiti - sounds like they need an attitude adjustment and a reality check!

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Posted by among the 'hit'
a resident of another community
on Feb 5, 2010 at 3:38 pm

Thank you, officers! I appreciate your efforts.

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Posted by Jessica
a resident of another community
on Feb 5, 2010 at 3:44 pm

There was so much damage, it's hard to believe it was only done by three people. Is the investigation on-going?

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Posted by nanak
a resident of Whisman Station
on Feb 5, 2010 at 4:32 pm

sending them to prison is a waste of time and money. use them to do some real community work and let them repay the soceity instead of the soceity spending more money by putting them in prison. Let them do community work for 5 years. That will teach the other kids a real lesson.

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Posted by not proud...
a resident of Sylvan Park
on Feb 5, 2010 at 4:39 pm

i did something eerily similar when i was 17. same scenario almost identically, my two "accomplices" where 16 and 18. we smashed through a couple neighborhoods graffiting on walls and broke into cars and 1 houuse. point being- i served 6 months with REAL criminals in jail, and 6 months on house arrest. it was my first "case"- and i had a $5,000 lawyer. the 16 year old was not heard from again (at least by me) and the 18 year old served 1 year. anyway sad situation and these kids un fortunatley might get off to easy because of there age and the fact there acts were not violent. by the way im 32 and productive member of society. wrong crowd wrong situation and you never know what you can get into.....

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Posted by Dazed and Confused
a resident of Castro City
on Feb 5, 2010 at 6:40 pm

No doubt they were high on drugs when they did it, cuz kids just don't do this without getting high first.

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Posted by Disgusted
a resident of another community
on Feb 5, 2010 at 10:02 pm

The parents should pay for all the damage and these stupid kids should have to clean up some dump sites and dirty creeks. The neighbors should join together and sue these families. If my dog let loose and destroyed someone's yard, then I would be responsible for the damage and loss.

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Posted by G
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Feb 6, 2010 at 10:27 am

Their age should not matter.
These dumb kids should be given 1,000 hours of community service.
If that is "too much", well, there is always prison. These vandals should get 3 years in jail.
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Posted by I. Care
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Feb 6, 2010 at 1:09 pm

Public service fits the crime, but it should start with a public flogging- like they do in Singapore !!!

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Posted by Mr. Nice
a resident of Blossom Valley
on Feb 6, 2010 at 5:54 pm

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Posted by Kelvin
a resident of Jackson Park
on Feb 6, 2010 at 5:56 pm

And they better not steal any fruit from the Old Mountain View neighborhood!

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Posted by Newton
a resident of Shoreline West
on Feb 6, 2010 at 11:29 pm

Glad I impressed you Dave.

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Posted by reader
a resident of Waverly Park
on Feb 8, 2010 at 12:01 pm

Yes, a year ((or two) abroad as an exchange student in Haiti would fit the bill! Seriously. Is it thinking too far outside the box to imagine that the school district could establish some kind of study abroad with community service in someplace less cushy than Japan or Germany?

A caution to readers, please remember that there are HUNDREDS of polite, respectful, hard-working, really terrific college-bound students at MV-LA high schools...and lots of students at Alta Vista who are working hard to get on the right path.

Whether you have students of your own or not, please do stop by a basketball game, theatre production, music performance, or other event to see what really GOOD kids are up to.

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Posted by Jessica
a resident of another community
on Feb 11, 2010 at 3:49 pm

Kelsey Mesher, could you please answer my question: Is the investigation still open or closed?

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Posted by Don Frances
Mountain View Voice Editor
on Feb 11, 2010 at 3:59 pm

Don Frances is a registered user.


The story states that three people were arrested and cited. It ends as follows:

Galea said investigators conducted several interviews and recovered some of the stolen property, eventually leading to arrests on Wednesday. ... Their case will go to the District Attorney's office for prosecution.

Police believe there are more victims, Galea said, as some of the recovered property has not been matched with an owner. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact police at (650) 947-2774.

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