A nine and ten year old are accused of causing nearly $9,000 in damage at a home in Stillwater. Our Megan Cruz has the story.
STILLWATER, N.Y. -- "They're kids," said Scott Bloomingdale. "They're looking for something to do."
And boy, did they find something, at the expense of a Rensselaer County family. The Gannons own this Stillwater farm and their son, Kevin, occasionally lives here.
On Sunday, September 22nd, owner Tim Gannon came into one of the barns to find all was not right.
"Tractors, cars," said Bloomingdale. "Yeah, they had a field day."
Bloomingdale lives next door to the Gannons on County Route 76. He says Tim called him over when he discovered the damage. Someone had taken a tractor for a joyride until it got stuck in the field, then poured all types of liquids into the tank, including anti-freeze. When that didn't start the tractor back up, they tried to jump start a car. They also took an ax to a boat and tried to start a fire.
"The footprints were only this big, little boots. Right then, we knew it was little kids," said Bloomingdale.
It took Stillwater Police a week, but their investigation led them to two boys, one just nine, the other 10.
Sgt. Ray Cordani says they trespassed the afternoon before Tim found the damage. Because they're juveniles, they've been referred to Saratoga County Court. If they'd been adults, Cordani says they would've been charged with burglary and criminal mischief, both felonies.
Since the trespassing and vandalism, the Gannons have put new locks on their barn doors. People we spoke with say they hope the boys right their ways.
"There's community centers, things to do," said Bloomingdale.
Cordani says the boys seemed remorseful. Their parents thought they'd just been playing in the village's park.