Wakefield, Que teens arrested for vandalism

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by Mark Burgess on July 22, 2010

Two Wakefield teens were arrested and two more may suffer the same fate after a break-in at the Wakefield Elementary School during the morning of July 19 resulted in approximately $4,000 in damages.

MRC des Collines police spokesperson Martin Fournel said police plan to arrest the third teen and have identified a fourth. All four, aged 17 to 18, would be charged with breaking and entering and mischief.

Fournel said the four are friends from the Wakefield area and that at least one is a former Wakefield Elementary student. Their names won’t be released until they appear in Hull court in September.

MRC police responded to the school’s alarm at around 2 a.m., Fournel said.

“While they were investigating, they were able to arrest somebody who was hiding in the bush,” he said.

The 18-year-old was detained overnight and questioned in the morning. Another 18-year-old was arrested later in the day July 19. Both were released on the promise to appear in court.

Fournel said the group was partying near the school before deciding to break in. He wouldn’t say what kind of damage was done, or if anything was stolen.

“This year we’ve had a lot of problems with mischief in the village,” Fournel said, adding that it often comes in waves every three to four years.

He said he was disturbed that 18-year-olds were behaving this way.

“You have nothing else to do? There’s other ways to have fun, that’s for sure,” he said.