TRAVERSE CITY — Four teenagers police caught stealing a pipe from a construction site won’t face charges — instead, officers called their parents and made them write letters of apology.
The 14- and 15-year-olds, according to Traverse City Police Capt. Jim Bussell, worked together to move the 300-some pound pipe from a construction site on Garfield Avenue just before 5 p.m. Monday.
“A neighbor watched them load it up on their scooters,” Bussell said.
The teens dragged the pipe to the nearby skatepark at the Grand Traverse County Civic Center, he added, where they used it for skating tricks.
The responding officer — Officer Ben Snyder — identified the teens after a call from a nearby resident and made calls to each of the boys’ parents.
He also gave them homework — to write letters apologizing and explaining their actions, which will be given to the construction site’s owner — and made the teens put the pipe back where they’d found it.
“I thought that was a good job by the officer, personally,” Bussell said.