Night of partying leads to smash-and-dash


Teens who drink and carouse often make bad choices. Apparently that’s what happened in the predawn hours of Thursday, July 9.  

Three local teens were walking along Sierra Drive in central Three Rivers at approximately 2:30 a.m. when they noticed an unlocked, partially open window at the office of The Kaweah Commonwealth. 

In the words of one of the teens: “We were drunk out of our minds and we made a mistake.”

They removed a screen and entered the newspaper office, rifled all the drawers, and left hurriedly, apparently taking only the contents of the change box that contained $10. 

A few minutes later, they broke the large plate glass window next to the cash register at the Chevron mini-market.

That turned out to be a huge error in judgement. When the window broke, it triggered the alarm. A neighbor heard the alarm and called 911. 

The window that broke into a pile of pieces will cost $4,000 to replace. The estimated loss and property damage at the newspaper office is $100. 

Now a group of teens, captured on a surveillance camera during their drunken escapade, will be facing, at minimum, a sizable restitution bill for damage done and possible arrest records, court dates, and jail time.

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