Juvenile charged with 23 counts of vandalism

Shenandoah County authorities have charged a 14-year-old boy with 23 counts of vandalism, much of it linked to the spray painting of mailboxes in Edinburg.

Capt. Wesley Dellinger of the Sheriff’s Office said the spree during the nights of Oct. 6 and Oct. 7 caused about $2,000 in damage.

“The majority of the vandalism occurred to mailboxes and to the roadway as well,” Dellinger said, adding that several road signs were also defaced.

Dellinger said the defendant is the only suspect the Sheriff’s Office identified during the investigation.

“During the course of the investigation, and after speaking with victims and working closely with school resource officers, we were able to solve the case,” Dellinger said.

Dellinger added that the defendant was served with juvenile petition papers without incident. The defendant is scheduled to appear in Shenandoah County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court on Nov. 19.

The Sheriff’s Office is also investigating several other vandalism incidents unrelated to those in Edinburg. All of them were reported during the last week of October.

The incidents, all unrelated, included a damaged swimming pool on Old Grade Road in Strasburg, vandalism to game cameras on Palmer Road in Basye, and unspecified property damage on Mill Road in Woodstock.

The Sheriff’s Office is also investigating vandalism linked to an attempted breaking and entering at a residence on Clary Road in Strasburg.

Contact staff writer Joe Beck at 540-465-5137 ext. 142, or jbeck@nvdaily.com