Juveniles charged with vandalism after high school football game

Juveniles charged with vandalism after high school football game
Hattiesburg police responded to a report of stolen car batteries on March 5. (Photo source: WDAM)

JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - Two students from West Jones High School were arrested and charged with vandalism after an incident that happened after the West Jones vs. Northeast Jones football game Friday night.

According to the Jones County Sheriff's Department, deputies provided security at the football game at West Jones High School, and they were alerted to reports of damaged cars.

Four cars were "keyed" and caused severe damage to each car, according to reports.

The JCSD received confidential tips over the weekend about the incident and investigated further.

A 17-year-old male student told authorities his account of the vandalism incidents at the football game, while in the presence of principals.

According to the JCSD, the juvenile blamed another West Jones student, a 15-year-old male, for the incidents.

When the 15-year-old was asked about the incidents, he placed the blame back on the 17-year-old.

Both juveniles confessed to vandalizing the vehicles together after more questioning, according to the JCSD.

Both juveniles were taken into custody and transported to the Jones County Juvenile Detention Center.

Both were charged with four counts of malicious mischief and as the investigation continues, further charges are pending.

According to the JCSD, both juveniles will make their initial appearances in Jones County Youth Court.