RICHMOND — Two 14-year-old boys were arrested after the police said witnesses reported seeing them smash several mailboxes along Tall Timbers Drive on New Year's Eve. The boys, one from Hopkinton and the other from Richmond, were charged with vandalism. The Hopkinton teenager was also charged with possession of a prohibited weapon other than a firearm and possession of alcohol by a minor.
Richmond police said officers were called to Tall Timbers Drive around 9:30 a.m. after a resident reported that the mailbox had been smashed by two juveniles. Officers found the boys, who were each wearing black, walking in the rain away from the neighborhood. "One of the youths was wearing a backpack with a large military-style knife hanging out of the top," a police report said. "The knife had an 8-inch blade, and officers subsequently located a 1.75-liter bottle of vodka in that youth's backpack."
According to police, the boys, who were in the neighborhood to visit a friend, kicked or smashed mailboxes along Tall Timbers Drive, Pine Shadows Drive and Meunier Drive. They were released to their mothers and were expected to answer to the charges in Rhode Island Family Court.