County authorities say a vandalism spree that forced Ocean Spray's
Babcock receiving station to close down for the weekend and divert
deliveries cost $200,000 in damages and lost wages.
two 14-year-old Babcock-area boys broke vending machines, smashed
windows and overturned a pickup truck at the receiving station
last Wednesday night. The pair is also accused of ransacking a
local cafe and residence, Daily Tribune Media (http://wrtnews.co/1rI28LN
) reported. The Wood County Sheriff's Department initially
estimated all of the damage was well over $100,000.
But the vandalism
caused more than just physical damage. Some Ocean Spray workers
were furloughed, causing them to lose wages. Lt. Quentin Ellis
says the two-day facility shut down caused an estimated $5,000 in
lost wages for employees who weren't able to work.
reopened and are working ... to resume normal operations,"
said Ocean Spray spokeswoman Kellyanne Dignan. "We did have
some furloughs during the two days we were completely shut
The teens, who
were not identified, were arrested shortly after the first reports
of vandalism reached the police department early Thursday morning.
They face charges of burglary, criminal damage of property and
operating a motor vehicle without an owner's consent, Wood County
Sheriff Thomas Reichert said Friday. It's still possible that more
charges may be filed against them.
the two boys admitted to drinking before the incident.
seem that the bad choices sort of snowballed after that,"
damage was also done to Babcock Cafe, but the owner said the exact
amount of damages is still unclear.
It's likely that
the teens will be ordered to pay restitution, Ellis said.