August 28, 2013

Waterville teens charged with stealing ropes course equipment

By Amy Calder
Staff Writer

WATERVILLE – Two Waterville teenagers summonsed for stealing ropes course training equipment from a Waterville Junior High School shed are charged with felony burglary.

The 17-year-olds allegedly broke into a shed behind the school on West River Road last week and stole more than $1,000 worth of ropes, an 8-foot step ladder and other equipment, according to Deputy police Chief Charles Rumsey.

They carried the items, as well as a soccer net they allegedly stole from the school soccer field, to their campsite on trails behind the school and apparently used the soccer net as a hammock, Rumsey said.

"They are previous students of the junior high school because they referenced having known about the ropes course but never having been able to take part in it," Rumsey said.

He said the teens will appear Oct. 15 in Waterville District Court. They and two other youths had been camping behind the school. The pair allegedly used a tire iron Aug. 20 to break the lock on the shed and took four sections of thick, 100-foot-long climbing rope, worth between $200 and $250 each, Rumsey said.

He said the ropes and soccer nets were recovered, but the teens said they threw the carabiner clips into the woods.

Amy Calder can be contacted at 861-9247


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