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Roseburg teens allegedly broke into homes, causing thousands of dollars in damages

The homes are listed for sale, and were vacant at the time of the break-ins.

Posted: May 15, 2018 5:48 PM
Updated: May 16, 2018 10:54 AM

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- Four Roseburg teenagers are being charged with breaking into two vacant homes and causing thousands of dollars in damage.

On Saturday afternoon, police were called to the 1200 block of Hawthorne Drive in Roseburg, where late Friday night, those two homes here behind me were broken into and vandalized.

“The vandals had broken every light bulb, every mirror, shattered the fireplace glass,” said homeowner Amy Gibby.

That is just a short list of the destruction caused to the Gibby’s home, which is currently two weeks out from closing.

She said the teens also damaged the flooring in her home, totaling anywhere from $3,000 to $10,000 worth of damage.

Gibby said she was able to talk to the buyer about what happened and the sale will still go through.

“You do what you have to do to make it right for the buyer, and assure her that everything will be fine and it’s a safe place to live. It’s a gorgeous home, and we just want her to be happy, ultimately, and do the right thing.”

The other homeowners who were hit said they’re looking at anywhere from $3,000 to $5,000 worth of damage.

Police said the teenagers opened cans of paint and splashed the walls in the garage, used a fire extinguisher in the garage, and broke two windows in the home.

The homeowners said they think all of the boys should serve community service to truly understand the consequences of their actions.

Sergeant Dennis Chrisenbery with Roseburg Police said surveillance video at a home nearby caught the boys on camera.

That and the neighborhood coming together to solve this incident is what made it possible.

“It just points to the importance of community coming together, being aware of what’s going on on their street, knowing their neighborhood,” said Sgt. Chrisenbery. “All those things came into play to help us resolve the case. And, of course, video evidence is always awesome for these kinds of things.”

A 14-year-old and 13-year-old were arrested and taken to the juvenile detention center for burglary and criminal mischief.

The other two 13-year-olds were cited for criminal trespass and released to their parents.

Both homeowners say they will be pursuing reimbursement from the kids’ parents.

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