Teens Steal and Crash Golf Carts, Found with Marijuana
The following information was supplied by the Newton Police Department. Where arrests or charges are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.
Two teens were arrested last week after they allegedly stole golf carts from Athletic Department at Mount Ida College.
Evan Joseph Valentini, 19, of 9 Brady Blvd. in Lake Hopatcong, NJ, and Nicholas Albert Voss, 19, of 2001 Tower Ave., Schenectady, NY, were each charged with larceny over $250 and malicious destruction of property, reports said.
According to police reports, officers were called to the scene on Oct. 27 after reports of teens riding around in golf carts near the college. Shortly before police arrived, one of the carts crashed into a wall on O'Connell Road.
Public safety officers at Mount Ida informed police that the golf carts were stolen from the college's athletic department.
When police arrived on scene, they found the golf cart with severe damage -- the windshield was approximately 15 feet away and cracked, the seat was on the ground and the vehicle's batteries hanging out of the cart.
Reports said it appeared someone had rolled the cart down a path from Mount Ida to the bottom of O'Connell Road.
While police were speaking with college security staff, they heard another crash nearby on Chinian Path. After the crash, police could see someone fleeing toward the Solomon Schechter Day School.
After the second crash, police arrested Valentini and found a "green leafy substance" believed to be marijuana as well as a glass pipe in his pocket. The marijuana was individually wrapped, reports said, and one bag was broken down into four, smaller bags.
As a result, Valentini was also charged with possession of a Class D substance with intent to distribute.
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