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PD: Teens Topple Stolen Van During Donut Attempt

Naugatuck police said four boys stole a van in Oxford and went on a joyride before putting the vehicle on its side in a soccer field.

A group of Naugatuck teenagers stole a van from a street in Oxford on Saturday, went on a joyride across the area and then, in attempt to pull off a donut in a soccer field, toppled the stolen vehicle onto its side, police said.

Now the boys, two 14-year-olds and two 16-year-olds, are all facing criminal charges including larceny and reckless driving.

At 11:40 p.m. police responded to the Lantern Park condominium complex after getting a 911 call regarding a reckless driver in the field on Round Tree Drive. When the officers got there, they found the white 2003 Ford E-350 on its right side and two teenagers still inside, said Lt. Robert Harrison, Naugatuck police spokesman.

Harrison said the driver was attempting to do a “donut” in the field, meaning he was trying to drive the van in a circle so to cause damage to the ground. But he failed on the first attempt and the van went down, Harrison said.

Neither of the boys, including the 14-year-old driver, were injured during the crash, and both were safely extricated.

The two 14-year-olds had stolen the van in Oxford, although Harrison said he didn’t have information on specifically where the theft happened. They then drove through both Naugatuck and Waterbury to pick up their two friends, the 16-year-olds, before coming back to Lantern Park.

Clear tire marks were still at the soccer the field Monday, leading back to a nearby parking lot. Two of the boys had gotten out of the van before the donut attempt and were socializing with some nearby observers, Harrison said. Harrison said drugs and alcohol were not a factor in this incident.

All four teens were released to their parents and are due in Waterbury Juvenile Court on April 24.

Josh April 16, 2012 at 10:40 PM
Oh well.. Now we know how bad parenting is. I think that cops deserve to give the kids a beating before handing them over to the parents just because of their stupidity.
Judy Ferris Bosco April 17, 2012 at 02:01 AM
Agreed.
Craig Zac April 17, 2012 at 11:25 AM
Maybe not bad parenting but definitly bad kids..lol The headline to this story is misleading..I was expecting a story of some kids who rolled a van after eating some donuts...lol Sersly, what I want to know is why they returned to Oxford with a van, stolen from Oxford? Also, did they take a stolen car to get to oxford and why come to Oxford, its not like its the epicenter of stuff for kids to do. Unless it was to steal a car. Im just laughing cause the kid tried to do a donut, on grass but still rolled the van. Something to be said for hard. dry earth and juvinile ignorance...
Naugy Alum 88 April 17, 2012 at 12:55 PM
Who gets to pay for the damaged soccer field, the town or the 4 teens? I would like to see the four teens spend the day at the field with rakes, shovels, and wheel barrels fixing the damage they caused They should have to fix it, seed it, and water it until it is growing. I have to assume, though, that they won't be held personally responsible for doing any of that because the youth of today have learned that they aren't responsible for anything they do.
Craig Zac April 17, 2012 at 01:19 PM
Good Point Naugy Alum 88! Years ago, a couple friends of mine decided to go across the lawn of a local elementery school that was closed down at the time and they didnt stop to think about the fact that it had been raining for a few days (rain, remember that?) needless to say, both of thier cars got stuck in the mud so they did the next logical thing (to them anyway) they could do. Call one of the kids older brother who had a 4 wheel drive truck, to come tow them out... well, now make it two stuck cars and a stuck pickup.. so, they decided 3 stuck vehicles wasnt enough so they got the other kids fathers 4 wheel drive and got that stuck to. They finally got the dads truck out and pulled the other truck out (by now the police showed up) but had to leave the two cars till the next day when a wrecker could come take them out.... and both kids had to go back and repair all the damages done to the lawn as well as pay a pretty hefty fine each. lol Youth, stupid then, still stupid today!
jeannie armstrong April 17, 2012 at 01:22 PM
Not sure why the parents are being blamed. Believe it or not kids do stupid things even when raised correctly. This business of destroying fields is upsetting. This happened at Crosby High School numerous times this past season and the seniors could not play at their own home field. Not sure how to stop it but I know for sure that its wrong to blame the parents. We are not responsible for every stupid decision our children make.
Craig Zac April 17, 2012 at 01:23 PM
Assaulted? like, Raped?? Thats just weird. Beaten? Choked? Thats even more punishment than the two Cheshire Home invaders got and they beat, terrorized, raped and killed three people! They will be punished enough. Stealing a car at 14 and wrecking it and damaging the property should get them alot of fines mommys and daddys will have to pay possible quite a few many hrs of community service and parole... dont know if any time behind bars will follow seeing that they are so young. maybe..I dunno!
Carolyn M. Capozziello April 17, 2012 at 01:23 PM
What a great idea.....sadly they will never have to do this because they might be traumatized by lifting the rakes.....
Craig Zac April 17, 2012 at 01:25 PM
Hey I just thought of this while reading your post... Maybe these are the same nitwits who have been wrecking other fields around town.
June Barakat April 17, 2012 at 01:37 PM
My first thought, "Why are two 14 year olds out and about at 11:40 p.m.? And, the parents are where? Enough said!
Ronald DeRosa (Editor) April 17, 2012 at 02:59 PM
Naugy Alum, In response to your question on who is responsible for paying for the field: the incident happened in a condo complex, so I'd guess the condo association would have to make the repairs to the field. Now, typically, when damage is done like this, and these individuals are found guilty in court, then a judge will order them to pay restitution (likely, pay for the field damage). But that'll depend on the outcome of this case. Hope that answers your question. - RD, editor
Rachael R April 17, 2012 at 03:19 PM
I was wondering the same thing Craig was with regard to the damage done at the middle school in Oxford. Did they ever catch those responsible for the softball field damage, and the other damage done to school property?
Jim April 17, 2012 at 03:59 PM
Lantern Park... one of the worst things to hit this town since 933 Rubber Avenue.
#chyeaboyy April 17, 2012 at 08:13 PM
FREE MY BOYS!!!
BRigs April 17, 2012 at 08:17 PM
Free my boy <333333
JP0312 April 18, 2012 at 12:20 PM
''free my boy''? yea your right because clearly they shouldnt be punished for grand theft auto and they should be set free. let me know if you think the criminal that steals your car shouldnt be prosecuted although i doubt your old enough to drive if your leaving such unintellegant comments. i suggest you go back to your middle schools and make those rediculous t-shirts teenagers make when their friends get caught doing something stupid and leave the actual discussions up to grown ups
Carolyn M. Capozziello April 18, 2012 at 02:01 PM
I am on the Board of Directors at Hop Brook Condos on North Spring Street. Several years ago five of our buildings, our bus shed, mail stations and grounds were vandalized. Paint was sprayed from paint ball guns on our siding, and the entire bus shed. Grafitti tags were left all over the property. The cost to clean the mess was over $1000 and the Association had to foot the bill. Several months later the kids were caught and a claim was made by Hop Brook for reimbursement from the parents. We are still waiting for our check...So the idea of going after the parents in this town is a waste of time and more money.
Hello Dolly April 18, 2012 at 02:35 PM
Whose the management company at Hop Brook? How did you make a claim for the parents to pay? Please define your use of the word claim.
Carolyn M. Capozziello April 18, 2012 at 05:18 PM
It was not the current management company....so that's irrelavant...The President of the Board at the time filed a formal complaint with the police Department. They came, took pictures of the damage and said from the tags that had an idea of who did it. Several months later the police said they found the kids and they would be brought to court for a formal claim before a judge to secure our reimbursement. That was the last thing I heard....it appears it all went away quietly.
Hello Dolly April 18, 2012 at 10:26 PM
It is relevant because once the court found them guilty then the management company can send the letter of violation along with the bill and bill back the units involved for their direct damage of the Association Property. Then if the money is not paid the management company can lien the unit once they begin the foreclosure process for non-payment of the common fee - that's the bylaws. So it sounds like the Board of Directors either did not give the approval for the management company to proceed against the unit owners with the letter of violation/billback to the unit owners OR the property manager did not tell the board they have this option available to them. That is why I asked who is the management company. Clearly, the money could have been recovered. The Asociation could have also filed a motion for contempt of court if they did not pay. Sounds like the board gave up or was ill advised and the Association was left holding the bag. Bad mgt.
Carolyn M. Capozziello April 22, 2012 at 01:21 PM
Dolly apparently I did not make myself clear in who caused the damage. It was done by kids in town, not kids in our own complex. We are a very proactive, educated board who have been involved as managers ourselves for many years. We are aware of billing back damage and unfortunately have had to do so on several occasions when our own children have caused damage to the common areas. We were working with the Police department to catch the culprits and when they did, based on their "tags", it turned out to be teenagers from another part of town. Having the information supplied by the Police, we went to court to be reimbursed by their parents as they were all 14 and 15 years old. The case apparently was dropped by the court system with a warning to the boys and no recommendation for they or their parents to make ammends. Hope this clears things up for you. BTW our management at the time was Connecticut Condo Connection on RT63.
Carolyn M. Capozziello April 22, 2012 at 01:26 PM
Mike: As you can see from my above response to Hello Dolly this is the norm these days. Back in the day, when my kids got caught fishing at the reservoir behind Horton Hill, I had a personal visit from the police department to confiscate all their fishing equipment and give them a stern talk about why they were in trouble. I had to go to the CT Water Company in person to assure them my boys (12 and 15) would never step on their property again....embarassing for sure and you can bet it was the first and only time they fished.
Bethany April 22, 2012 at 04:26 PM
I know a very smart girl that stole her moms car. She was a good kid that did a stupid thing. When I asked her why? She said everybody does it but the parents don't know. She feels terrible about it and few people know because it's upsetting to her She really felt stupid. The parents are wonderful parents and she gets A and Bs in school. It happens. I did it as a teen also.
somebody0420 April 24, 2012 at 09:53 PM
All I am gonna say is first this story is not exactly what happened. This story doesn't mention the girl that was involved, the kids turned themselves in, and few others important things. These kids will have to take responsibility for their actions and I do hope that are responsible for restitution by personal fixing the damage.
Really? No, Really??? April 25, 2012 at 03:17 PM
I know kids make mistakes, but stealing a van????? 14 year old "children"? These kids need to be punished by the law and their parents, so they never attempt a crime of this magnitude again. If they are committing crimes of this nature at the age of 14,15 & 16 and not punished appropriately, what will they do in the future and how are we going to be protected from them? This leaves all of us vulnerable if they are not reprimanded by both their parents and the judicial system.
Really? No, Really??? April 25, 2012 at 04:58 PM
One more comment, I can mot believe how concerned most of you are about the damage done to the land. What about the damage done to the vehicle and the poor people who have to go through their own insurance to seek compensation? Not to mention a rate increase for these folks, a totaled vehicle and covering what the insurance doesn't??? Most of you have not even mentioned the Victims here! The owners of the vehicle. Where are your priorities???? Really, no, Really???
Really? No, Really??? April 25, 2012 at 08:16 PM
Robert, Your attitude is what perpetuates this problem. Oh, the kid is a good kid, everyone does it, you did it, so, OH I guess this is just OK by you. Well, it should be since you have just rationalized your crime. What about the VICTIMS OF THE CRIME???? Have you ever thought of them? Especially if you had the nerve to do it to your own parents! If you did it to strangers, well that should be OK too, huh? Really! I detest apathetic "adults" like you. You can't face your own adolescent crimes, so you identify with current adolescents who perpetrated the same criminal offence you never were caught for as a child, and justify this crime for your own convenience. What kind of functioning adult are you when you can identify with Juvenal delinquents???? PLEAEEESE give me a break. If you are man, you would not have the empathy you have communicated here for these troubled "children"
Really? No, Really??? April 25, 2012 at 08:28 PM
This is for Somebody, What about a girl??? And, what about "other important things" You have a voice, if you know something, you should report it to the police. Maybe then, the parents could be held culpable. If you are a witness, the least you can do is report it to the police. You don't have to reveal your identity. I do agree with you about holding the children responsible for restitution, but, honestly, what parent is going to come forward, when they are not required to. They are probably so embarrassed, they will sweep this under the carpet thinking they are protecting their kid, or, more importantly, themselves. This just proves what I just posted. These kids will get off with no punishment by the law or their parents. What a shame!
somebody0420 April 26, 2012 at 10:10 PM
@Really? No really??? The cops know all about the girl and the most if the other stuff. I am not a witness, but I am know the children involved. Most if the parents believe their children Should be accountable for their actions. Whether the courts impose restitution is questionable. The parents want to teach a lesson so it doesn't get worse. Because I know the whole story it doesn't mean its everybodies business. Also let me tell you from what I have been told the "victim" is not that innocent either. Like I said before there is a few variables about the story that people of the community are unaware of. I hope they learn a lesson and not "get off" , but its our its up to the courts now.

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