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Girls' Break-In Causes $10,000 Damage

A 13-year-old and another girl broke into a business, and the 13-year-old unleashed water that caused damage inside.

A 13-year-old girl accused of breaking into a New Port Richey business with someone else and doing more than $10,0000 in damage there was arrested Monday, April 22.  

The girl broke into Wash Tub Laundry, 6051 Massachussets Ave, on Jan. 29 at around 4 a.m. with another girl, according to a New Port Richey police report. 

Once inside, a girl used “some type of edged weapon” to cut all the water hoses that deliver to six washing machine units, according to the report. A hard and steady flow of water was unleashed. Ceiling tiles, washing machines, electrical components, insulation and paperwork were damaged.

The break-in was caught on a surveillance camera, according to the report.

The 13-year-old was identified as one of the offenders. The other girl’s identity remains unknown.

The 13-year-old was arrested and charged with armed burglary and felony criminal mischief and was already in the Land O' Lakes Juvenile Detention Center on unrelated charges when she was charged in this incident.

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