Police detain teens who came to Granby for Internet rendezvous
Sky-Hi Daily News
A recent incident handled by the Granby Police Department may provide a cautionary tale for both parents and their children who use the Internet to meet people online.
About 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, the Granby Police Department was informed that someone had stolen 75 tennis balls from the tennis courts at Raffety Park. A teacher from the nearby East Grand Middle School, who reported the stolen tennis balls, also said she had seen a “red sedan driving back and forth on Diamond Avenue earlier.”
Three hours later, a Granby resident called 9-1-1 to report that the unknown occupants of a “maroon vehicle” had just pelted his car with several tennis balls as he was driving down one of the town’s streets.
Based upon the description of the vehicle given by the 9-1-1 caller, Sheriff’s Deputy Pamela Pechiera spotted the culprits and pulled their car over on East Agate Avenue. Granby Police Chief William Housley quickly arrived to assist.
The occupants of the maroon car, two 18-year-old men from Fort Collins, were taken into custody after Housley found 17 tennis balls inside their vehicle. During a search of their persons at the Granby Police Department, one of young men had several condoms in his pants pocket.
Asked why they were in Granby on a weekday, the two 18-year-olds said they had driven up from Fort Collins to meet two Middle Park High School girls that they had met on the Internet through the girls’ MySpace accounts. They were suppose to meet the girls, both 17 years old, during the high school’s lunch hour. From there, they planned to take the girls on a “camping trip” to Lake Granby.
In a press release describing the incident, Housley said it was an example of how the Internet can be misused.
“While online personal accounts can provide a fun and easy way to communicate with friends,” Housley said, “they also can provide a means for individuals, with less than honorable intentions, to contact and solicit children. It is wise for parents to become aware of who is communicating with their children via the Internet.”
The two young men in this case are now facing charges of theft, throwing missiles at motor vehicles and littering.
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