ATTICA – Two Attica teenagers turned themselves in to village police Sunday evening in connection with vandalism over the weekend that damaged 28 vehicles at an Attica car dealership.
The youths, ages 17 and 18, were charged with second-degree criminal mischief and were remanded to Wyoming County Jail after not posting $10,000 cash bail or $20,000 bond each.
Their names were withheld pending a determination on youthful-offender status.
Damage was estimated at $50,000 in the incident, which occurred late Friday or early Saturday at Upstate Chevrolet on Main Street. Windshields were smashed and vehicle bodies dented on new and used models in the lot, police said.
Workers at the dealership were repairing the damage Sunday.
“Everything that’s damaged is repairable,” Gene Enser, the Upstate Chevrolet manager for used cars, told the Batavia Daily News.
Police Chief John D. Palillo Jr. told The Buffalo News on Sunday night that the vandals used rocks picked up from railroad tracks behind the lot.
Palillo said the two surrendered at about 6:30 p.m. Sunday, adding that alcohol had been a factor in the incident. “When the light of day came, they decided to get this behind them before it went any farther,” he said. “As bad as everything was, they didn’t try to hide from it. They did contact an adult they trusted and went from there.”
Palillo said the youths had no connection with a statement posted anonymously Saturday evening on an anarchist website saying that a group calling itself “Cell of July 21st” committed the vandalism due to the presence of Attica Correctional Facility.