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Teens accused of criminal mischief after painting racial slurs on vehicles

TAMPA — A fight between teens turned into a crime spree Friday that included burglary and spray painting racial slurs and genitals on vehicles, deputies said.

Two teen boys, ages 14 and 16, have been charged with five counts of auto burglary, one of residential burglary and 17 counts of criminal mischief with a hate crime enhancement.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said sometime between 9 p.m. Thursday and 2 a.m. Friday, the boys stole spray paint and rode around northwest Hillsborough and Tampa targeting vehicles.

They drew pictures of genitals, wrote expletives and scrawled a slur, causing $17,000 in damage, the Sheriff's Office said.

One of the victims in the spree, who is black, had been in a fight with the teens in the past two weeks, according to reports.

His family's passenger van had a racial epithet painted on it twice.

Deputies recovered and returned $2,000 worth of stolen property.

Teens accused of criminal mischief after painting racial slurs on vehicles 11/12/10 [Last modified: Friday, November 12, 2010 11:07pm]
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