By EVAN REID
FLORENCE, Wis. - Four 17-year-old suspects have been charged in connection to a March vandalism spree which damaged over 50 mailboxes in the Spread Eagle, Wis. area.
Savanna Mascarette, and Destinee McVannel, both of Florence, each face 54 misdemeanor counts of criminal damage to property-as a party to a crime.
Nicholas Garavet of Iron River faces 54 misdemeanor counts of criminal damage to property.
Nathan Manicor of Florence faces 38 misdemeanor counts of criminal damage to property.
In Wisconsin, 17-year-olds alleged to have violated criminal law are subject to prosecution as adults. All four suspects are scheduled to appear in Florence County Court on May 6.
Each count carries a maximum penalty of up to nine months in jail and fines reaching $10,000.
The names of four juveniles also apprehended in the case have not been released.
Florence County District Attorney Douglas Drexler will not be prosecuting the case as his mailbox was involved in the incident. Henry McRoberts of Iron Mountain will serve in Drexler's place.
Florence County Sheriff Jeff Rickaby said that there was no particular motive for the vandalism.
The spree covered an area including Lake Elwood Road, Frog Lake Road, Old 69 Road, and Finn Town Road among others.
According to the Florence County Sheriff's Office incident report, at about 11 p.m. on March 28, the office received a call from a Florence resident whose mailbox had been vandalized.
According to Rickaby, deputies searched the area and discovered mailboxes that had been smashed with a baseball bat or similar object and some that had been torn from their posts and discarded in the woods.
The following morning, March 29, the sheriff's office received more vandalism reports.
Deputies found red plastic cups and a package of table tennis balls lying in the snow on the edge of Frog Lake Road, the incident report states.
The sheriff's office worked with the Wal-Mart in Iron Mountain to obtain photos of transactions involving table tennis balls, which led to interviews with several people. One of the interviews provided information that led to the arrests, Rickaby said.
He added that the group made two trips to do the damage, with a different combination of people on each trip.
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