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Five Largo teens held after golf balls hit cars, causing damage


5 teens held after golf balls hit cars

Five Largo teenagers were arrested Monday in connection with a golf ball-throwing spree in the Carlouel neighborhood of Clearwater Beach last month that caused thousands of dollars in damage to parked cars.

Tyler Bates, 16, Donald Smolen, 17, Matthew Howland, 16, Michael Dedman II, 16, and Brandon Walpole, 18, were each arrested on three counts of felony criminal mischief and five counts of misdemeanor criminal mischief.

In the early morning of April 17, several suspects were seen cruising around the waterfront houses in a 1990s Jeep Cherokee, throwing golf balls at multiple vehicles.

Investigators say about 60 balls were thrown in total.

According to Florida statutes, the minors' parents could be responsible for paying the potentially thousands of dollars in fines each charge could bring. In addition, the minors driver's licenses could be revoked.

Each felony count carries a fine of up to $5,000.

Dominick Tao, Times staff writer

Five Largo teens held after golf balls hit cars, causing damage 05/18/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, May 18, 2010 7:53pm]
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