Teens caught on camera causing at least 0K in damages after Homewood Fire Department vandalized

Teens caught on camera causing at least $100K in damages after Homewood Fire Department vandalized

HOMEWOOD, Unwell. (TOC) — Surveillance video reveals 4 juveniles breaking into a hearth station in Homewood Acres and vandalizing it over the vacation weekend, inflicting tons of of 1000’s of {dollars} in damages.

Past the glass and destroyed gear, the stench of the ketchup, mustard and salad dressing smeared on the partitions nonetheless lingers.

The destruction appears to function an indication of fury within the vandals, who have been caught on surveillance video breaking into the volunteer firehouse Saturday morning, the place they spent 4 hours breaking every little thing in sight.

“Complete disruption is one of the best ways I can describe it. It’s just like the Plainfield twister another time, every little thing was simply trashed,” mentioned volunteer firefighter Lieutenant Joe Rutkiewicz.

One boy tries to interrupt a digital camera however causes it to drop into the sunshine, shedding colour on their actions.

“That is like coming into your individual house and seeing this,” mentioned Jesse Matthews, an EMT on the firehouse.

The volunteer firefighters practice right here at the least two nights every week after their day jobs.

Matthews has volunteered on the Homewood Acres firehouse for 3 years and grew emotional remembering good instances.

“Laughing amongst ourselves, hanging out,” he recalled. “And we’ve got dinners collectively. We’re at all times out right here telling tales and speaking store.”

Two younger boys, who have been later joined by a pair of others, broke in round 9 a.m. Saturday. Video reveals them taking hammers to the place, with expletives on the partitions left behind on the partitions.

Officers imagine the vandals ranged in age from about 9 to 14.

“It’s like that they had whole immunity to do as they please. What sort of life are you going to dwell down the street in the event you have been doing this at a younger age? And how much mother and father are they going to be,” mentioned mentioned Chief Bryan Rouson.

When requested what jumps out as notably obnoxious on this incident, Matthews mentioned, “The chief’s workplace. It looks like they spent probably the most time in there.”

“Loads of reminiscences you can’t see on this room, we have them up right here,” Rouson mentioned. “We all know them however whenever you see the stuff that has been destroyed — desecrated, that hurts.”

One merchandise notably galling to those public servants is a 9/11 memorial comprised of materials that fell from the dual towers that was smashed and smeared with ketchup.

“That’s sacred floor for us within the hearth service. The juveniles wouldn’t know that,” Rouson mentioned.

Prepare dinner County Sheriff’s deputies are investigating the break-in. Nonetheless, judging by the video, wherein ABC7 has hidden the faces as a result of these are uncharged juveniles, officers imagine identification is feasible.

“When this type of factor occurs, whether or not it is to us or anyone, it actually places a damper on that and it makes it arduous for us to assist the individuals who want us,” mentioned Lieutenant Tom Gandurski.

There’s insurance coverage to cowl some however not all of this harm however adjusters estimate the loss at $100,000 or extra.

“I feel it has to sink into them what they did and the way many individuals are affected,” Rouson mentioned, “And with the quantity of consideration coming to this, I feel it may open up an even bigger dialogue the adults should be adults and the mother and father should be mother and father.”

The sheriff’s workplace mentioned the investigation is ongoing.

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