UPDATE: Forrest County Investigator Nick Calico confirms a third teen has been arrested in connection to a string of vandalisms in the Carnes Community. The 17-year-old is currently been housed in the Forrest County Juvenile Detention Center.
FORREST COUNTY, Miss. (WHLT) – Several homeowners, a business owner and the fire department in the Carnes Community woke up Sunday morning to find what some are calling a ‘childish prank’.
Carnes Mini Storage and Carnes Volunteer Fire Department had been tagged with inappropriate drawings and phrases that read “I love meth and weed.”
Homeowners on Newco Road found their mailboxes had been knocked over and spray painted. One homeowners garbage can had been spray painted with immature images, as well.
“I had a store over there for about 20 something years. I knew all the kids then and they knew me. And they loved me just like I was their mawmaw,” long-time resident Annie Joe Paine said. She was shocked to see her mailbox was one of those damaged, “we’ve never had no problems.”
“I guess I was a little angry at first, but for the most part it’s probably just kids being kids,” Robert Mclendon said.
Forrest County officials have arrested a 16-year-old and 17-year-old in connection to the vandalisms.
According to Investigator Nick Calico, both have been charged them with malicious mischief and destruction of county property.
The pair is currently being housed in the Forrest County Juvenile Detention Center.
Their names could not be released because they are underage.
Residents are hoping antics don’t continue throughout out the summer months.
“Maybe they’ll just learned their lesson and can grow up a little bit,” Mclendon said.
Officials say the investigation into this weekend’s vandalisms are on-going and more arrests could come.