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Private Eye Helps Nab SW Columbus Teens Charged with Vandalism

COLUMBUS (Ken Hines) -- Three teens are charged with vandalism and violating the city's curfew after allegedly ripping a mailbox out of the ground in a Southwest Side neighborhood.

The 13-year-olds were tracked down by police officers and private investigator Ray Kidder, who found the mailbox in a street near Alkire and Creekwood Drives while driving home from work early Thursday morning.

Kidder noticed the teens while he removed the mailbox from the road, then called police and helped locate the suspected vandals.

Kidder said the teens are being punished by their parents for their alleged roles in the vandalism, but said he made sure to warn them about the consequences they could face if they commit similar acts in the future.

"If you were an adult, you would be facing jail," he recalled saying to the teens. "Your parents could not help you. You'd be hoping they could ground you."

Children from ages 13 to 17 are required to be off Columbus streets from midnight to 4:30 a.m. every night, while the curfew for kids under 13 goes into effect one hour after sunset.
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