Elyria officers responded to heavy damage at a football and soccer field on Sunday.
Elyria police said Kevin Adams, 18 of Elyria, and a 12-year-old boy took a heavy construction vehicle and drove it all over the football and soccer practice fields next to Ely Stadium, which is home to the Elyria High School Pioneers.
“They caused a substantial amount of damage to the field,” said Elyria Police Captain Chris Costantino
Most of the field had been heavily damaged with deep ruts.
The pair also plowed into a goal post knocking it down.
Police say they also ran over a metal soccer goal, destroying it.
“Obviously they committed a criminal act. I think the road officers did an excellent job getting down there quickly, placing them in custody, before they could cause any further damage. Let’s face it they caused enough damage,” Costantino said.
Costantino said the construction company left the keys in the construction vehicle called a skidder, which was being used to put in another soccer field nearby.
Police said the pair got away with their damaging joyride the first time Sunday morning, but then they pushed their luck, coming back Sunday night.
“They admitted that they were out there earlier riding around on that piece of equipment, and when they came back is when they got caught,” Costantino said.
Kevin Adams, 18, is in the Lorain County Jail charged with receiving stolen property, criminal damaging and criminal trespassing.
The 12-year-old faces the same charges and will have to face a judge in juvenile court.
“They’re going to be held accountable for their actions,” Costantino said.