READFIELD — A pair of local men kicked off Kents Hill School grounds for skateboarding responded by causing several thousand dollars in damage to three of the school’s buses, police said.

Thomas Martha, 18, and Christopher Pelletier, 19, were issued summonses charging each with aggravated criminal mischief, Capt. Daniel Davies of the Kennebec County Sheriff’s Office said. Both men are scheduled to appear in Kennebec County Superior Court on June 26.

Kennebec County Sheriff Deputy Scott Cyrway was called to Kents Hill around 7 a.m. Monday after officials there found damage to three buses that had been parked behind the Alfond Athletic Center. All three had slashed tires and smashed windows and lights, and several mirrors were destroyed, Davies said.

The vandals caused approximately $7,000 in damage, he said.

Officials at Kents Hill, a private high school on Route 17, said two skateboarders had been escorted from the property a few days before.

“They were disrespectful to the employees at the facility when asked to leave,” Davies said. “Deputy Cyrway learned the duo did not attend Kents Hill, but do visit the area regularly for skateboarding.”

Cyrway, who also is Kennebec County’s Drug Abuse Resistance Education officer, talked to students in the program in hopes of identifying the two skateboarders. Those discussions eventually led to Martha and Pelletier, Davies said.

Cyrway found the baseball bat and knife used to damage the buses, Davies said.

“The men confessed to their crimes and were subsequently summonsed,” he said.

Craig Crosby — 621-5642

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