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Five Elizabethton youths charged with Pal's vandalism and school burglary

Staff report • Sep 13, 2007 at 12:00 AM

Five Elizabethton juveniles have been charged with vandalism under $500 and all but one of the group has also been charged with burglary.

The trail of events that resulted in the charges began earlier this month when police began an investigation to vandalism at the Pal's of 413 West Elk Ave.

The vandalism involved profanity and derogatory comments directed towards law enforcement scrawled on the fast-food restaurant's menu boards.

After police had left, Pal's employees discovered the vandalism also included graffiti on the top of the Paul's building where models of signature food items are placed as part of Pal's signature building scheme. While police were checking out that phase of the incident they found a silver chain and pendant hanging from the oversized French files model on top of the building.

According to police reports, the investigation lead to five juveniles who had met - apparently late at night - in the gravel lot adjacent to Twin's Field on West Mill Street. From there they went to Pal's and scaled the building to "leave their mark" on the oversized models of food items on the building roof.

While interviewing some suspects, police were lead to information about why the silver chain and pendant was found on the roof of Pal's. According to police reports, the officer learned four of the suspects had broken into the school gymnasium and made their way to the football dressing room.

Once inside the dressing room, one youth took the chain and pendant he found in a football player's locker.

A report on the incident said another youth took a football helmet while they were in the dressing room.

Sgt. Micahel Merrit filed charges in Carter County Juvenile Court against the juveniles. As of Thursday morning, no court dates have been set yet.

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