Police: Teens used dentist's office to smoke weed

From Staff Reports

Oct. 6, 2008 - Three area teen-agers found out the hard way that using someone's office building without permission isn't a good idea.

Using it as a haven for pot smoking is an even worse idea.

All three were arrested Saturday evening after police responded to a report that three white males had entered a closed dentist's office in the 400 block of Church Street.

As police arrived, the three were walking out the front door of the building. The youths were told to stop and ordered to the ground. Two of the teens, ages 16 and 17, complied with the orders, but the third took off running. One officer stayed with the detained teens while a second ran after the fleeing boy. Police caught up with him on Rosemont Street and took him into custody.

Officers found the back door of the building was unlocked, and there was no sign of forced entry. Police found ashes in a bathroom and could smell the strong odor of burned marijuana in the building. Officers believe the teens entered the building for the sole purpose of smoking marijuana and were leaving when they got caught.

All three were charged with criminal trespass. The youngest was also charged with evading arrest and the oldest with possession of drug paraphernalia. The two younger boys were later released to family members. The third, age 17, was charged as an adult and taken to jail.

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