Teens arrested for thefts in Geneva

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GENEVA, Ala. (WDHN) — Geneva police arrested a 19-year-old and a 16-year-old juvenile Wednesday night in the break-in and thefts at geneva’s Chapman Memorial Park.

One week ago, the concessions at were broken into thousands of dollars in soft drinks and candy were taken.

In addition, a John Deere Gator with an estimated value of between $8,000 to $10,000 was stolen, but working on tips from the community, police arrested 19-year-old Dustin Hamilton of Samson along with a 16-year-old Geneva High School student.

The damaged Gator was located in a wooded area, and the stolen candy inside one of the suspects’ homes.

“We were able to pick these individuals up and interview them, at which time we did get a confession from the adult and the juvenile that’s
involved in it” Captain Michael McDuffie said. “At that time, and as we were talking to them, they did tell us where the property was located.”

According to McDuffie, the victims include the city and the Geneva City School District, and as far as taxpayers are concerned, everyone is a victim.”

“It’s not a prank,” He said. “Sometimes these kids think, ‘well it’s just candy,’ but you cause more damage trying to get this candy than what it’s worth, not to mention crimes.
You have serious crimes like burglary.”

Hamilton is facing four counts of burglary, along with a charge of theft of property and criminal mischief. The 16-year-old has been turned over to juvenile authorities.

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