Police chief says zero tolerance for teenagers’ toilet paper mischief

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A rash of recent complaints about teenagers tossing toilet paper onto the trees and yards of town residents yielded a stern warning from the Carroll police chief this week: “The police department is going to take a zero-tolerance approach on this issue,” Chief Brad Burke wrote in an email to Carroll and Kuemper Catholic high school officials.

“The officers have been informed that from this point forward any subject caught TPing residences, running through yards, damaging property of others will be charged/arrested for criminal mischief, trespass, and/or disorderly conduct,” Burke wrote.

He said there were numerous complaints of such incidents Tuesday night, and that the teenagers cursed at adults who confronted them.

Some of the teens were also suspected of imbibing alcohol.

“This has been an ongoing issue for many years, and we continue to get complaints from the public as well as observing unsafe driving from the students,” Burke said. “Please pass this information on to the parents and students in an effort to stop the problem before serious injury or damage occurs.”

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