2 Boys Accused Of Damaging Strip Mine Equipment

MONONGAHELA TOWNSHIP (KDKA) — The grandfather of a 12-year-old Greene County boy charged with causing thousands of dollars worth of damage at a strip mine is trying to make sense of it.

State police in Waynesburg say the boy and his 9-year-old friend caused $164,000 in damages.

The incident happened back on April 21 at the site on Mable Hill Road in Monongahela Township.

According to state police, a large excavator was used to flip over a bulldozer and rocks were thrown to smash all the windows on a second bulldozer.

The grandfather, who didn’t want his name reported, says he’s still trying to figure out what happened.

“I looked at the size of the machine I thought, ‘How in the world did those young boys operate a machine that large?’” he said.

State police say the 9-year-old boy won’t face charges because of his age. In the state of Pennsylvania, a person can’t be charged with a crime until age 10. The 12-year-old will be charged with a third degree felony.

The boys told police they did it because they were bored.

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  • will i am

    No way this can be blamed on the brothers, they can’t be taught to run heavy equipment

  • thoughts

    How thoughtless was “will i am’s” post. Hmm lets all ponder……..now go crawl back in your hole little one.

  • Don

    Not hard to believe considering it’s Greene County. The west virginia of Pennsylvania.

    • Sam

      What county do you live in buddy? I watch KDKA news every night and don’t see anything much better in Pittsburgh and the surrounding neighborhoods. You have undesirables everywhere you go. You must not have done very well in school because you can’t even use capitals. I say “It isn’t where you live but how” and you must be a real uppity snob to make that remark about West Virginia and Greene County. When is the last time you walked on water?

  • Daniel

    To Don above, as a person born in West Virginia and well educated I find your comment very offensive. At least in West Virginia we were taught to not insult others.

    • Don

      And when people not from WV or Greene County buy property for camps in those locations the chance of having the camp burned down by locals is much higher than other counties. I find the actions of those locals very offensive.

  • just my opinion

    First of all, to “well I am”, the article doesn’t state they are brothers, they are friends. Regardless, unfortunately kids are doing everything nowadays to get into mischief because they are bored! How about the company the machines belong to that left the keys in the machine to begin with for it to be started so easily!? Shouldn’t there be some sort of responsibility placed there?? And as far as the 9 year old boy, I think Pennsylvania had better rethink their rules!!! That little one is JUST as guilty as the 12 year old and should not “get away” with this because of his age! Where is the justice in that??? If that 12 year old is being charged with a 3rd degree felony, then I think that 9 year old should be as well!!! Just because he is 9 doesn’t make him untouchable from punishment. They BOTH knew what they were doing was wrong! I’m sure they both had a decent upbringing to know that they should not have been messing around with the machines to begin with! Let’s call this for what it is folks! I do however, feel very bad for the grandfather and parents of these boys. They certainly have a long road ahead of them.

    • BJS

      No, the company should not be liable for leaving the keys in the machine. This was a criminal act, and the two boys are 100% responsible. Now the companies insurance might not accept full responsibility if the keys were left in the excavator, but that does not absolve these boys of the responsibility for the criminal act. Try watching a program like “Bait Car”…..a crime is a cime regarless of the access.

      Besides, the article doesn’t say anything about keys being left in the excavator. How do you know these boys didn’t break into a trailer or something where the keys were stored?

    • Don

      I agree. I believe a 10yo is being charged as an adult in a murder case in PA, yet this 9yo won’t be charged at all…not even a minor? So one year difference goes from no charges to adult crime.

  • Tandika

    Guess there will be drug dealers reading this and start to recruit kids under 10 for criminal activity. That law needs to be repealed.

  • 1-2-3

    Wonder if the family of these little hoodlums are going to pay for the damage.

  • jeeperz

    They did this because they were bored? Read a book for cryin out loud?

  • Will I Aint

    Too bad these bulldozers weren’t left unattended up at the new grocery store on the hill, little Bob the Builders will be runnen over Wylie Ave

  • mine

    In most large machinery no key is needed to start a machine. or it’s one key fit’s all.

    I work in a underground mine and none of out equipment takes a key to start.

  • betty pekar

    A reply to Don about West Virginia. Take a good look around you buddy or watch the evening news once in a while, you will keep your mouth shut about others.

    • Don

      No, the stories I see about WV continue to prove true.

  • servantoftruth

    I guess if you put them to work 6 hours a day until all the damage is paid off then maybe they won’t be so bored. Strange how a 9 year old would have hours to do all this damage. Doesn;t take agenius to imagine that a little bit of neglect is going on. Now it shold cost him and his mother $164, 000 dolalrs. Someone has to pay for the damage.

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