DIXFIELD — Five juveniles were arrested early Monday afternoon on charges of burglary and vandalism.
Dixfield police Sgt. Jeffrey Howe said the four girls and one boy, ranging in age from 12 to 15, were apprehended at 12:50 p.m. when a Mill Street resident found them jumping from the second floor window of his home. The resident had just returned to reopen the home after being away for several months.
Howe said the resident rounded them up and called police. Besides Howe, Oxford County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Tim Holland and Mexico Police Department officer Brad Gallant responded to the call.
Howe said the five had apparently spent the night in the vacant house. Evidence of partying, including bottles and food wrappers, were found. He said the home was likely used by other groups prior to the five who had spent the previous night because of the general mess in the house. Burned carpets, damaged furniture, and other evidence of use were also found.
“This has been a ongoing problem,” Howe said.
He said the same house was targeted by another group of juveniles last year who were eventually apprehended.
The five were released to the custody of their parents, with conditions, and are scheduled to appear in juvenile court on June 8.
Howe said some of those conditions include staying away from Mill Street, home restriction unless accompanied by a parent or going to school, and the potential to be tested for alcohol, drug or tobacco use.
In other police news:
A Western Foothills Regional School Unit 10 bus, driven by Thomas Adams, 72, of Buckfield, struck a Ford Escort, no year available, owned by Patricia Turner, 17, of Carthage, at 11:20 a.m., April 10. The empty bus hit the car when Adams backed out of Marble Park onto Coburn Avenue. Turner was not in the Ford when it was hit. Her car sustained $1,000 damage. The bus was not damaged.
A 1999 Kia sports utility vehicle that had been virtually destroyed in a rollover accident April 5, rolled from the driveway of Jacob Daigneault, across Canton Point Road and into a clump of trees on a neighbor’s property at 3:20 p.m. April 13. Howe said Daigneault was trying to roll the SUV to the end of the driveway to put a for sale sign on it.
The mailbox of a Weld Street resident was destroyed by a striking tool, such as a bat, sometime on April 6. The mailbox was valued at about $35.