ROXBURY, NJ – Two juveniles illegally entered the concession stand at Horseshoe Lake Park late last month and spent a lot of time in the little building while also stealing clothes donated to Roxbury Social Services, according to police.
The juveniles, whose names, ages, genders and addresses were not revealed, now face charges of burglary, criminal mischief and theft by unlawful taking, said the police.
They said the criminal behavior was discovered on May 26 when they were investigating a report of a missing juvenile. Police said they were looking around Horseshoe Lake Park in Succasunna and noticed an open door on the concession stand.
As are most township buildings, the snack bar - situated near the park’s new artificial turf field - has been closed to the public because of COVID-19. The fields are also closed, but people have been allowed to use the adjacent walking/bicycle path.
“Upon further investigation, it was determined two juveniles entered the concession stand,” police said. “They occupied the stand frequently for approximately eight days. The investigation further revealed the juveniles accessed the clothing bins located behind Social Services and removed items.”
Roxbury Township Manager John Shepherd referred all questions about the incident to the police, contending he did “not have the specific information” about the matter.
“However, when there are juveniles involved and a crime is committed, it is an unfortunate situation and difficult for the juveniles involved, the parents and the greater community,” Shepherd said.
He said he hopes the perpetrators “will receive the assistance they need to become productive members of society.”
In an email, Roxbury Mayor Bob DeFillippo said he was "not aware of the details" of the case and questioned its newsworthiness.
"Doesn’t sound like much of story and I fail to follow the logic in making the township aware of what sounds like alleged vandalism," wrote the mayor. "Surely, we all have much more important issues to occupy our time."
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