NEW LEBANON, N.Y. - State police say two 14-year-old boys have been arrested for allegedly stealing from and vandalizing the shrine at the Catholic Church of the Immaculate Conception in New Lebanon.
Police say it was also learned that in early May the same two 14-year-olds had stolen beer from the Thruway Beverage in New Lebanon and were allegedly responsible for the vandalism of a vacant house. Police say the boys, along with three other teens, entered the house on Mill Road in New Lebanon by breaking a window. Once inside, the youths had a party and caused damage by throwing beer bottles through windows, punching holes in drywall with sticks, breaking light fixtures and pouring lamp oil on the floors.
The two 14-year-olds, both from New Lebanon, have each been charged with Burglary 3rd, Criminal Mischief 4th and Petit Larceny.
The other teens who accompanied them in breaking into the vacant home have also been charged. Two 13-year-old girls, from Pittsfield, MA and New Lebanon, are each charged with Burglary 3rd and Criminal Mischief 4th. A 15-year-old boy, from Stephentown, is charged with Burglary 3rd.
Because of their ages, the teens were all ticketed for August 15th appearances in the Columbia County Family Court.