3 teens arrested in York County property damage investigation


YORK COUNTY, Va. (WAVY) — Three teenagers are facing charges in connection to several reports of property damage in York County.

The York-Poquoson Sheriffs Office said in a Facebook post it received reports of property damage at several locations across the county earlier this month. 

“At the time we weren’t sure what exactly happened whether it was a BB gun, but anyway it projected in about 15 feet into the restaurant area here,” said Patrick Ocarroll, owner of the restaurant The Chipper.

It appeared in each case a marble or decorative piece of glass was shot into a window of a vehicle or building, the sheriff’s office said.

Ocarroll says they were open at the time but no one was injured.

“One of the members of the staff, her family was having dinner at the time and a couple of particles of glass hit the back of the chair, so there could have been a lot more serious consequences,” he explained.

Ocarroll says the window that was hit will cost $900 to replace, which is a big hit for the fish and chip restaurant he started only six months ago. 

A traffic stop on Goodwin Neck Road on Oct. 15 led to the arrests of three suspects: 19-year-old Joseph Bruce Elswick, of Hampton;18-year-old Dreshawn Malik Bliss, of York County; and 18-year-old Cameron Burnett, of York County.

The sheriff’s office said the deputy noticed a jar containing numerous marbles and screws inside the suspects’ vehicle.

Bliss and Elswick are both charged with two counts of destruction of property. Elswick is also charged with shooting into an occupied dwelling.

Deputies charged Burnett with carrying a concealed weapon and destruction of property.

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