Three teenage boys connected to case of badly vandalized home in Star

A group of 13-year-old boys appear to be at least partially responsible for more than $15,000 worth of damage to an unoccupied home in Star last month.

Sometime between Oct. 14 and Oct. 19, someone entered into a home in the Star Road/State Street neighborhood and damaged sheetrock, spray-painted the walls, broke out windows, burned the carpet, and left trash inside a home that was unoccupied at the time.

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The homeowner discovered the damage and called Star Police on Oct. 20. Officers found widespread damage throughout the home. Appliances were spray-painted.  A sliding glass door was broken.  Most of the rooms had holes in the sheetrock. Deputies also found plastic water bottles that had been turned into marijuana pipes.

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A short time after officers began collecting evidence and doing interviews they identified a group of thee 13-year-old boys who lived in the area as suspects. All the boys admitted to being inside the home when it was vandalized.

Ada County Juvenile prosecutors will review the evidence and decide if charges like burglary and malicious injury to property will be filed against the teens.  Charges are also possible against other teens if it is determined they were in the house when the vandalism occurred.

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