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Two boys accused of vandalizing city building

Two boys were arrested Friday after breaking into a city utilities building and vandalizing equipment, police said.

The boys, ages 12 and 13, caused about $4,000 in damage by kicking over computers, pouring ink on keyboards, throwing radios on the street and discharging fire extinguishers, Detective Damien Schmidt said.

An off-duty police officer saw the St. Petersburg boys leaving the building at 290 16th St. N and called for backup, Schmidt said.

He said the boys, whose names are being withheld, also stole bicycles from several homes and set fires to trash bins.

They were charged with commercial burglary, police said.

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