Paint vandals get probation, ordered to pay $4,600
August 12, 2014
The victims of three vandals accused of dumping paint on eight vehicles in Johnson Lane said the incident made them question the safety of their north Carson Valley neighborhood.
Four of six families spoke during the disposition hearing of three teenage boys who admitted doing the damage.
"I feel very violated," said one victim. "We've lived there 28 years, and nothing like this has happened before. It was shocking."
District Judge Tod Young told the boys that there was no way they could put themselves in their neighbor's shoes.
"When they saw what happened that morning they didn't know who did it or why," he said. "You knew who did it."
In one instance, a Shelby Mustang, one of 2,200 in the world, is still in the body shop after the May 31 incident. The boys, the oldest of which is going to be a sophomore at Douglas High School next week were placed on formal probation and ordered to pay nearly $4,600 in restitution to the victims. They were also ordered to do community service and write letters of apology to the victims.
The owner of the Shelby said insurance paid for one of his cars, but there was $3,600 in damage to the other.
Young also ordered the three to undergo impulse control counseling, community service and participate in the wilderness program.
"I'm terribly sorry," he said. "I didn't mean to scare you. I'm willing to do anything to make it right."