Four teenagers charged with mailbox vandalism

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Westfield police have identified those responsible for exploding neighborhood mailboxes from over pressure devices. (Photo submitted by Westfield Police Dept.)

Westfield police have identified those responsible for exploding neighborhood mailboxes from over pressure devices. (Photo submitted by Westfield Police Dept.)

The Westfield Police Department has identified four adults and one juvenile male suspected of using overpressure devices – Works Bombs- in several Westfield neighborhoods. WPD Spokesman Sgt. Robert Dine said no injuries were reported in any of the reported incidents but property damage occurred to several mail boxes.On Jan. 18, off-duty Sheridan Police Chief Bill Curl observed several males making a purchase at Wal-Mart. Dine said the purchase consisted of the ingredients needed to make the devices as well as other items. After hearing of the damage in the area, Curl contacted Westfield Police who obtained the security video and WPD Det. Scott Clouse, with the assistance of other Westfield detectives identified and interviewed the suspects.Detectives met with prosecutors on Jan. 29 to determine what charges would be filed against the suspects. On Jan. 31, the Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office filed charges on the following individuals: John R. Rogers, 18, of Westfield; Grant J. Plummer, 18, of Westfield; Zachary A. Loftalian, 18, of Westfield; and Maxwell R. Jackson, 18, of Brownsburg.

Each person has been charged with five counts of using an overpressure device, a Class A misdemeanor; and five counts of criminal mischief, a Class B misdemeanor. A Class A misdemeanor conviction carries a penalty of imprisonment for a fixed term of up to one year and a fine of up to $5,000. A Class B misdemeanor conviction carries a penalty of imprisonment for a fixed term of up to 180 days and a fine up to $1,000.

All four suspects were issued a summons to appear in count on Feb. 20.

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