NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) - Two juveniles are behind bars after police in Newport News say they trashed two homes and subsequently killed 30 exotic fish at the end of March.
The suspects, ages 15 and 17, are facing a total of 42 charges in connection to the crimes along Windsor Castle Drive on March 30 , said Lou Thurston with the Newport News Police Department. Each teen is charged with 30 counts of killing fish, two counts of burglary, two counts of grand larceny, two counts of felony destruction of property and six counts of conspiracy to commit a felony.
One of the victims, Eric Chen, told WAVY.com he found framed photos of his family in his fish tank along with his college yearbook. Precious items he said cannot be replaced.
According to detectives, the teens poured bleach and other chemicals in Chen's fish tank, killing the 30 fish inside. The chemicals also ruined the rug and hardwood floors.
A HAZMAT team was called to clean up the mess and the fumes were so strong, a detective with the Newport News Police Department was forced to wear a gas mask while investigating.
Chen estimated the damage at $20,000.
A second victim, a 70-year-old woman who also resides on Windsor Castle Drive, reported similar damage to her home. Police told WAVY.com in March the burglars appeared to know the residents' schedules.
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