VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — Two brothers, 15 and 12, pleaded no contest Monday to taking a dump truck and tractor and ripping up the Hampton Roads Soccer Complex.
On August 23, WAVY News showed surveillance video of four juveniles approaching a maintenance facility at the soccer facility.
In the video, one of the four is seen wearing a mask. He pulls it off, slips through a locked fence and puts the mask back on. The next time he’s seen in the video, he’s crashing through a fence, heading towards the soccer fields.
The brothers admitted to what they did on July 9, and pleaded no contest to an incident two days earlier, where they took a Hampton Roads Soccer Complex dump truck and drove it through the New Castle Elementary parking lot, then through another fence, and proceeded to rip up six of the 24 fields.
The soccer complex operators called 10 On Your Side in August to try to find out who the perpetrators were. WAVY News was told Virginia Beach Police got an immediate tip, and the case advanced from there.
Gina Koehler, the operator of the soccer complex said in August, “The dump truck was a heavy vehicle, they drove it across the fields that were damp, so the weight of the dump truck pushed down the soil and dirt beneath… and left deep ruts.”
It was also said in court that the dump trucks dropped some type of toxic waste, which has been absorbed in the ground.
The two brothers — who are also dealing with significant home issues — are charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, conspiracy to commit the crime and two felony destruction of property charges.
The brothers will be back in court in January for a social history report, and then they will be sentenced. The likely sentence will be something along the lines of community service, possibly the Department of Juvenile Justice, or some type of treatment.