Group of teens face charges for damaging church in Cutler Bay

Teens poured soap over computers, police say

By Andrea Torres - Digital Reporter/Producer

CUTLER BAY, Fla. - Officers arrested two 14-year-old boys and a 13-year-old boy on Monday after they were accused of vandalizing a church earlier this month in Cutler Bay.

One of the boys is accused of pushing a window air-conditioning unit to create a vacant hole to break into Cutler Bay Worship Center, a nondenominational church at 8601 SW 199 St., formerly known as St. Timonthy Word & Worship Center. 

The boy opened the door so his accomplice could walk inside. The boys grabbed fire extinguishers to discharge its contents inside, police said. They also threw a microphone at a flat screen, poured soap over computer equipment and broke a window, police said. 

According to the police complaint, the boys caused about $5,000 in damages and stole $20 in church donations. According to Rev. Robert Augi, the damages were closer to $10,000 and the incidents at the church were Nov. 4 and 9. 

Prosecutors charged each of the boys with burglary of unoccupied structure and criminal mischief. 

 

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