Four Mahwah Teens Charged In Connection With Alleged Arson

All four attend Mahwah High School, police say

Four Mahwah High School students have been charged as juveniles in connection with an alleged burglary and arson in the Ridge Gardens condo complex Wednesday night, Mahwah police said Friday afternoon.

Three 14-year-olds and one 16-year-old are being charged with arson, burglary, theft and criminal mischief, Chief James Batelli said. One of the 14-year-olds is being additionally charged with hindering apprehension, he said.

The four , Batelli told Patch Thursday. Bicycles and other pieces of personal property were stolen from the storage units, he said.

The charges will be heard in family court in Hackensack, police said.

“These are serious charges, so while it is heard in Family Court, the defendants are entitled to legal representation and it is a formal legal proceeding,” Batelli said.


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NANCY (BAMBERGER) CASTNER October 14, 2012 at 11:49 AM
To all, never said I was perfect but I sure as hell would never have done anything that jeaprodized lives of others. This time of yr - this worst things my friends & I did was tromp through leaf piles and think that it was funny that the owner of the house would gave to re-rake the mess, in addition; we rang doorbells long before Halloween, Then on Halloween, we soaped or used shaving creme on car windows or to store fronts!!! Wow what terrible things we did!!!! As to "boys being boys" attitude is outrageous.I have one son - if he had ever done something like this - I swear that if my late husband & I had discovered - we would have turned him tover to the local sheriiff's dept, just to let him know that we would never abide by this "adventure" that he involved himself with. We would try to help him when he went to court but not try to get him off of his responsibilities to atone for the "mistake" in judgement!!! More police in Mahwah will not solve the current problems of the town. Just need more awareness of the youth & their problems, and police working with parents & schools to possibly prevent any more situations that would endanger the lives of the citizenry!!! Good luck folks.
joseph j guider October 14, 2012 at 01:09 PM
In my opinion, It's a child abuse issue. We as a society have gone over board in protecting our little darlings from physical abuse. A slap in the face across the family dinner table is a wake up call, not chjld abuse. In the 50s and 60s it was widely known and approved by tough loving parents that their kids would get the corporal punishment for messing up. On the sports practice fields Coaches were not only mentors and motivators but discilplinarians. Kids today dont learn the lessons of the consequences for bad behavior.
past resident October 21, 2012 at 05:38 PM
My God get a life. This has been going on in Mahwah for ever !!! They dont need more cops they have enough. If they would get to know the kids like they did back 15yrs ago. The kids would have a different feeling towards cops..Also they need to stop doing speed traps on 287 and stay in town were they need to be.The State police can do the speed traps. The other problem is they are bored. I always head that from my kids years ago. Nothing to do I am bored......... They did go out and play all the kids. Now adays both parents are working and kids just dont care.
past resident October 21, 2012 at 05:44 PM
I agree with Joe. These kids dont get grounded smacked or the BELT anymore. Why the goverment tells us how to raise our kids and how we are to correct them. BULL that is why they are this way. My kids got yelling at grouned and spanked. They are most respected kids I know. And mind you so are there close friends. but they also get there ass kicked when they did something. Goverment has to stop butting in our life and let us bring them into this world. Cause they sure are not around they are too busy spending there big bucks they make and on vacation for most of that to begin with. Sorry people got carried away.
past resident October 21, 2012 at 05:57 PM
Shanna.... these kids could have killed someone. I lived close by at one point. I know what fire can do and how quickly it happends. AND NO MY KIDS WOULD NOT DO THIS. They know they would have gotten there ass beat but see I didnt have to worry about that. I brought my kids up rite.......I am not saying throw the book at them but they do need to pay the price. AS WE SAY IF YOU DO THE CRIME THEN PAY THE FINE. BY THEY WAY I AM A SINGLE MOM. WORKING FULL TIME... AND THIER FATHER ALSO WORKED MANY HOURS AND SPENT ALOT OF TIME WITH OUR KIDS.


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