Four Roseburg teens who allegedly vandalized vacant houses in the 1200 block of Hawthorne last week, were cited for their crimes Monday.

Two of the teens— both 13 years old — were arrested and taken to juvenile detention after they were caught on security footage and identified by neighbors, according to Roseburg police.

The other two were cited for second-degree criminal trespass and released to their parents.

Police said all four teens admitted to being in the houses on May 11, but two were responsible for most of the damage which included yellow spray paint on the walls, broken light fixtures and broken glass.

Roseburg police Sgt. Dennis Chrisenbery said officers came upon the video and subsequently did a neighborhood canvas to identify the suspects. 

"That's how we're able to make these cases," Chrisenbery said, "People are paying attention."

The two 13-year-olds were charged with second-degree burglary, first-degree criminal mischief and third-degree theft. 

Saphara Harrell can be reached at 541-957-4216 or Or on Twitter @daisysaphara.

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Saphara Harrell is the crime and public safety reporter for The News-Review. She previously worked at The World in Coos Bay. Follow her on Twitter @daisysaphara.

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Their parents should ask themselves why their kids chose to do what they did. They are old enough to know it was wrong and a really mean thing to do. Hope they have to stay in juvenile detention awhile and make some restitution. Shame on them.


So are the parents of these little sweet hearts going to pay to repair any damage? Better get this under control before Roseburg starts having a problem with gang violence.

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