4 teens arrested in mailbox prank involving powder


November 02, 2001|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

The Harford County Sheriff's Office arrested yesterday four teen-agers accused of filling envelopes with a white powder and placing them in homeowners' mailboxes as a prank.

The incidents occurred at 10 homes in the Abingdon subdivision of West Shore about 2 p.m. Tuesday, the sheriff's office said. The homes are in the 1000 blocks of Willow Bend Road and Lake Front Drive.

The four youths, ranging in ages from 12 to 15, were charged with having a "phoney" destructive device, a misdemeanor, the sheriff's office said.

Charges against a fifth youth are pending.

The sheriff's office would not identify the youths because they are juveniles.

The youths were released to their parents, the sheriff's office said.

The incident resulted in the Harford County Hazardous Materials Team being called to the scene, as were postal inspectors from Baltimore.

"While some may consider this a practical joke," said Sheriff Joseph P. Meadows, "we at the sheriff's office will treat this matter as the crimes that they are."

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