The Otsego County Sheriff’s Department arrested seven teenagers for a fire that destroyed a rail car at the Leatherstocking Railway Historical Association in Milford on Oct. 3, a media release from the sheriff’s department stated.
After an investigation, deputies concluded that two juveniles and a 16-year-old male entered a rail car on Oct. 2, intentionally causing damage and stealing items from the car, including flares.
Two of three teens then returned on Oct. 3 with four more teenagers, stealing additional items, including tools, safety vests, a radio holster and Christmas lights, and causing further damage to the rail car. The release states that a separate rail car was accidentally set on fire by flares lit by the teenagers.
The teenagers implicated range in age from 14 to 16. Their names have not been release due to their ages.
The boy who had been involved in the first incident, but not the second, received a juvenile delinquent appearance ticket for fourth-degree criminal trespass and criminal mischief: intentionally damaging property valued at less than $250. The remaining teenagers were charged with criminal trespass, third-degree criminal mischief and fourth-degree criminal mischief: reckless damage of property. The 16-year-old and three other teens were charged with petit larceny as well.
All teens, excluding the 16-year-old, were given appearance tickets to report to Otsego County Probation with their parents, according to the release. The 16-year-old was given an appearance ticket for the Milford Town Court to appear at a later date.