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15-year-old charged in Clayton vandalism

Posted September 29, 2009

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— Police on Tuesday charged a 15-year-old with vandalizing the construction site of the Clayton Community Center last year.

The juvenile, whose name was withheld, was charged with damaging buildings, heavy equipment, tools and various construction materials at the construction site on Amelia Church Road on Aug. 23, 2008. The juvenile also was charged with breaking and entering and larceny in connection with $500 in tools taken from the site and with damaging a fence and light pole owned by Johnston County Schools.

Damage caused during the incident was estimated at more than $50,000.

Investigators said they believe vandals broke into a construction trailer on the site and started up some heavy equipment, including a bulldozer. Using the heavy equipment, they damaged the buildings under construction, a large quantity of building materials and other equipment.

Police said the case remains under investigation, and more arrests are possible.

The $6 million, 30,000-square-foot community center will have classrooms, a child-care center and a gymnasium and a lighted outdoor patio suitable for events and receptions. It will also be the new home of the Parks & Recreation Department.

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  • BigUNCFan Sep 29, 2009

    Why were there keys in the bulldozer???????

    Isn't the contractor liable for that?

    Still what he did was really wrong.

  • diana123 Sep 29, 2009

    mommy and daddy - get ready to cough up the $$. teach
    you to keep an eye on your kid.

  • edits Sep 29, 2009

    To BigUNCFan:

    Yeah, my parents always knew where I was too. I would have never done something like this and I always had one parent at home because only one worked. I am a mother of two and I would like to believe that I have raised my children in such a way that they wouldn't do something like this. They are good kids and are well disciplined but I will NEVER say that this could not be one of my children at some point in time. It could, and it could happen to you as well. As far as outing the parents, I agree that they are responsible for their child and should be held responsible for the damages that occurred but to boycott where they work? That's not hurting them or even punishing the offender. This is something that is happening all across America, not just here. I don't know this person or the parents but parenting is hard work and sometimes no matter how well you do it there will be some kids who just plain mess up.

  • Garnerwolf1 Sep 29, 2009

    Desiderata: that's the problem, he doesn't. In fact, if his name is released, there will be another news story with his mom, or some other relative, saying he's a good kid, blah, blah, blah. Seems to be very little accountability or responsibility left in the good ol U.S. of A. It's always somebody else's fault.

  • csplantlover Sep 29, 2009

    I suppose this kid needs a good hide tanning - or possibly that's what he should have had years ago before this turned into the problem it is today. Parents are so afraid of being politically incorrect that they fail to recognize the fact that children REQUIRE AND DESERVE discipline of whatever form it may take. I doubt this kid ever had much home training, if any. I am sure he also didn't do this by himself. He has too much time on his hands.....unaccounted for.

  • Granny Sep 29, 2009

    If he had had my parents he wouldn't have done something like this because he would know what would be waiting for him at home if he got caught...that's what is wrong with our young people today, parents cannot disciple children anymore...my parents discipled me and I still think they were the best parents in the world and I think I turned out pretty good.

  • Timbo Sep 29, 2009

    Well, I hope the parents have insurance... they are libel for the damage.

  • c2it Sep 29, 2009

    maybe the police should check this juvie's whereabouts the nights of the church fires too.

  • colliedave Sep 29, 2009

    The kid probably has a history of being taught in school that he is spevial and the world revolves arond him. He needs to have xome hide taken out of his rear to prove this isn't so.

  • 3779LRRP Sep 29, 2009

    Speculation on my part, but I'll bet some older kids were involved with him doing what he did. Can't see him doing the crime on his own. What's the point?

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