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Teens Arrested in Connection to Rash of Vandalism

Police say they have arrested five teens linked to 21 cases of vandalism that involved hurling large rocks into Livermore homes.

Five teens were arrested Friday in connection to a , police said.

The teens, all Livermore residents, range from 16 to 17 years old, Steve Goard said.

Here is more information from a police press release:

Since Feb. 18th, the Livermore Police Department received numerous tips about the vandalism. After following up on the tips and conducting an extensive investigation, officers identified five suspects (all male juveniles). The suspects were linked to 21 cases of vandalism that occurred on Feb. 18.

According to statements made by the suspects, the vehicle used during the commission of the vandalism was a 2002 Subaru Forrester. The suspects stated they threw the rocks while the vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed, damaging mailboxes, vehicles, and homes. 

During interviews with the suspects, they were remorseful. At the time of the offense, they did not realize their actions could have caused injury to others.

The five suspects were arrested today for the 21 cases of vandalism and booked at Juvenile Hall in San Leandro.

The Livermore Police Department would like to thank the citizens of Livermore for their assistance in helping apprehend the suspects.

Patti February 25, 2012 at 03:46 PM
I'd like to see a face to face apology to each person they vandalized and full restitution. Then, let a judge throw the book at them. Cars and mailboxes were one thing but they crossed the line when the rock went through a window and into a wall ...nearly missing a child's crib. The only thing these brats are sorry for is that they got caught! The "what ifs" are sickening!
Rich Descoteaux February 25, 2012 at 03:48 PM
If they just punish the ones that threw the concrete they will laugh it off. Their under 18, what is the law going to do with them? They didn't do bodily harm just property damage, with our laws it's a freeby to the kids. The parents on the other hand if held accountable and have to stand in court, pay the costs , miss work, have their names published, and reap the wonderful world of embarrassment might change things a bit unless the you can't touch me Liberal law kicks in and they have to give their children a "Time Out " That'll teach em. In other words Home Free with an ass chewing from some Liberal judge.
Cory Noltensmeier February 25, 2012 at 04:07 PM
I am so sick of hearing about how liberals let everything just happen, like we like crime. You sound like an ignorant a-hole when you say stuff like that. I am liberal so I just sit at home laughing at crime and people that commit it. It is called laws ignoramus and if they have enough money to get the right attorney he may be able to get them off on technicalities. Liberal or conservative, you still have to follow the law. Let me get back to my liberal, lets allow crime life.
renni rhome February 25, 2012 at 04:44 PM
Ok, so I want them to stand in a line while we stand 20 feet from them and we throw the same rocks they threw, at them. See if that hurts. velocity would be so much less. What BS to claim "they didnt know their actions could cause injury to someone". But they did know they were causing property damage. And what are 16 &17 year olds doing out at 2 in the morning? That falls on the parents. Isnt there a curfew in livermore? What about the provisional license? I really wish they would name these kids. Lets make some examples!
Speedie B February 25, 2012 at 05:18 PM
Even if they can't publish names because they are juveniles, I haven't heard of a law that would restrict publishing the parents' names. Unaware that throwing boulders from a speeding car could hurt anyone, my a$$. And remorseful for getting caught is more like it. If they were truky remorseful, they would have turned themselves in. Good job, LPD, in tracking them down and locking them up. Now if only the courts will do their job. I hope every victim goes after damages, both physical and punitive.
George Fay February 25, 2012 at 05:20 PM
We need to overturn those stupid laws that prevent news media from revealing the names of juveniles that have been arrested. Why should they be protected? Especially when they are still on the loose, and their description and name information is withheld "because of their age". Stupid. Public right and public safety trump.
Michael Delfino February 25, 2012 at 05:30 PM
Don't get me wrong, I hope these kids get the fullest extent of punishment possible (sadly, they'll probably get some form of community service at most), but keep in mind that teenagers are amazingly stupid. While throwing these rocks, in their heads, they were throwing the rocks at the house, not the person, so in their stupid little heads, it can't hurt anyone. Hey, nobody said they were smart kids. While I wouldn't be shocked if it were the same group that threw the rocks at the officer a couple weeks ago (it is in fact a natural progression, albeit out of order), there is a fine line there between throwing a rock at a house and throwing a rock at a person, that hopefully these kids recognized. Again, I'm not excusing their actions in the least, but just to put some perspective on it.
anonomous February 25, 2012 at 05:43 PM
Hey Fix..did you really just suggest that an angry mob beat children untill they can'y function??? wow no wonder our world is so violent.. people like you!. We need to come together as a community for the sake of our kids and show love and tolerance. Let's lead by example!
Loyal Livermore Mom February 25, 2012 at 05:54 PM
I like the idea of publishing the parents name. I'm sure it won't happen because they would cry that they don't feel "protected" if that happens. Ya, well.....we need to protect OUR families from your kids!!! And seriously? Your 16 and 17 year olds don't have a curfew? Come on! They are still in HIgh School!
Raleigh February 25, 2012 at 06:06 PM
As frustrating as the judicial system, it is vastly superior to an angry mob publicly stoning young boys. My sympathy and outrage is with the young mother that is probably still finding shards of glass in her baby’s room and crib, and with the others who are cleaning glass, repairing damage, negotiating with the insurance company, and all the other inconveniences the teens’ “fun” caused, but this is not a death sentence offense. Kudos to the person with the video security camera, and their notification to the police that they had a picture of the car!
David February 25, 2012 at 06:15 PM
Let's face it Liberals that are too far left are idots and conservatives to far rights are idots also.
RedDogLead February 25, 2012 at 06:31 PM
Anon. These thugs are not "children"---sounds like you would send them to a---" Love In Summer Camp", so their Anger Managemen counselor could enhance the Love Quotient of out of control teenage punks. What kind of goofy Kool Aid are you and your Liberal friends drinking ???
Mom February 25, 2012 at 06:47 PM
I would like to know how they have done in school so far if they didn't know this would cause damage and or hurt someone. As much as I would like to fault their parents the kids were the ones that did the deed. Now I am not sure why they were out after dark, maybe when the street light come on this group should be home. As far as punishment, their parents are going to turn it over to their insurance. What I would love to have happen is that they wear special T-Shirts and work downtown cleaning the sidewalks and gutters for all to see.
Linda February 25, 2012 at 07:10 PM
Yes, they can. I was a victim of a felony committed by a juvenile and it was hard but here's how you do it. FORCE the Alameda Co. Judge to place the guardians names on the restitution order THEN you can sue the parents/guardian. The liberal loo loo judge in Alameda Co. doesn't 'automatically' do this and you can't get blood out of a tournip. These kids don't work, won't work and if you don't do the above you'll never get paid. I also think it's a great way to show the parents that they need to wake the F up and watch their friggin' brats!
deborah talebi February 25, 2012 at 07:24 PM
Way to go LPD!!! Keep those thugs off the streets and let them know we aren't going to stand for it!! They knew what they were doing at that age, they were just sorry they got caught!
renni rhome February 25, 2012 at 07:58 PM
Hahaha @anonomous....you have me ROFLMAO ...touchy feely doesnt work...make them do hard labor...make them work at the quarry!
Carolyn February 25, 2012 at 10:28 PM
Remorseful? Why only because they got caught? Someone that age knows you throw rocks (especially that big) at someone as they did the police officer it can cause serious bodily harm or death. Same is true for throwing at homes. They need to face punishment as adults not juveniles and be made work and pay restitution to all the people they affected.
::thumbs up:: February 25, 2012 at 10:44 PM
@Anon: how would you feel if one of those rocks hit your window, car or family? You'd be dealing with the doctors and insurance as well. Would your opinion change then? There are two responsible parties here, the teens and the parents. The teens are obviously at a decent decision making age because they have the ability to drive. Prosecute both the teens and parents to the fullest extent. Stoning them is a little harsh granted, however we as a society need to stop being so damn sensitive and issue reality checks where reality checks are due. I've had the awesome experience of witnessing a caning in Singapore and I can almost guarantee you that these kids would never do anything wrong again if they got invited to one of those as a participant LOL.
RU11550 February 25, 2012 at 10:48 PM
Linda, in the juvenile system the parents are required to give a full financial disclosure to the court upon conviction. Restitution is great, but then you have to file a bunch of paperwork to get paid. You can also forfeit 33% of your restitution to the county and they will do it for you. Either way, don't plan on getting paid anytime soon or at all for that matter.
Little bird February 26, 2012 at 07:55 AM
Kim love your ability to try to make the glass half full. but in this case your wrong. The driver of the car is a little punk that has no respect for anything or anyone. When his name leaks out and the media checks in to tickets and other problems he has had at school,friends,ect you will see they need to hammer him hard! If they hurt your family or friends I'm sure you would think differently. Little bird
Little bird February 26, 2012 at 08:07 AM
LPD did you guys drug test the the boys 100 to 1 says they come back positive!
Dennis February 26, 2012 at 03:51 PM
My parents were watching my house while we weer away for the weekend. they too got their back window of their car smashed. we still have the rock. We didn't know about the string of vandalism, just thought it was a one off. They had it repaired onSat. $175 dollars. I was going to cover it for them but want to see if we can have the parents pay for it. I guess a call to LVPD is in order. I know if it was my son I would pay. It's only fair.
Alliance February 27, 2012 at 03:53 PM
Chief Sweeney and Steve Goard make the citizens of Livermore proud of our Police Force ! Thank you so much for the fantastic job you are doing.
Livermore resident February 27, 2012 at 06:33 PM
I am stoned by some of the posts here. Throwing stones to those suspects is really not acting as adults. I only hope it is due to anger towards the suspects, and rational thinking will follow. (I would problably first react like that if I was one of the victims). The victims (and not the lawyers) of those acts should properly be compensated for both property and emotional damages. My sympathy goes towards them. I hope your property is restored to its original condition (if not better), at no cost to you. Regarding the suspects, they clearly should be punished according to the law. But in addition I would love to find punishments that bring shame them. No better lesson than having them doing labor that they would not do otherwise: cleaning public restroom, cleaning animal manure, etc.
renni rhome February 27, 2012 at 09:56 PM
@livermore resident. My comment wasnt so much about "stoning" the boys as it was "lets so them that throwing rocks can cause injury" . They claimed they didnt realize tossing rocks from a speeding vehicle could cause injury. I do think the public shaming is a good idea. I wish they would take this idea to the schools, you misbehave, you clean the bathrooms!
Livermore resident February 27, 2012 at 10:57 PM
I am glad to see that throwing stones at the suspects is not what you meant. Even though the Justice system can be frustrating at time, it is important to let them do their work. At the end of the day, the victims should be compensated and the suspects should be brought to justice and punished. Thanks you LPD….Nice job. I am still thinking that the suspects should be tough a hard lesson that they will not forget anytime soon. May be by having them cleaning bathrooms or animal manures, they will understand the sweet involved in earning an income (I agree with you, it does not have to be public shame, but shame nevertheless). Hopeful, they will show more respect for someone else property.
Bree Van de Kamp February 28, 2012 at 04:25 PM
I'm still curious as to what kind of apparatus they used to hurl those heavy rocks with such velocity.... What was it? A small cannon?
Keith March 03, 2012 at 04:31 PM
THEY BROKE THE REAR SLIDING GLASS ON MY 2005 F250 PICKUP! cost $1,000.00 to repair. The truck was for sale and the deal fell through because of the delay of cleaning the millions of glass chunks out of the inside of the truck.this really hurt my family and my bank account!
John Harrington March 03, 2012 at 06:17 PM
Agree. They should be tried as adults.
renni rhome March 10, 2012 at 06:13 PM
Any update/follow up on oncome of court appearances?

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