Monday, June 25, 2018
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Teen charged with $10,000 vandalism of New Port Richey laundromat

NEW PORT RICHEY

Girl, 13, charged in vandalism at laundry

Police found water damage in the coin laundry all the way up to the ceiling tiles. Circuits had been shorted and important documents ruined. The water hoses to six washers had been severed.

A New Port Richey Police report says the damage from the vandalism in January would cost "well over $10,000" to fix. A surveillance tape showed the culprits. About 4 a.m. Jan. 29, two female youths sneaked into Wash Tub Laundry, 6051 Massachusetts Ave.

Detectives determined one girl was a 13-year-old who is in Land O'Lakes Juvenile Assessment Center on unrelated charges.

Police arrested the girl Monday on charges of armed burglary and felony criminal mischief. They are still looking for the other youth.

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