Four teens arrested for 'grinching'

MARIETTA, Ga., Dec. 24 (UPI) -- Authorities say four teenagers accused of destroying a Marietta, Ga., city councilman's Christmas decorations told police they were "grinching."

Marietta police spokeswoman Gwen Lewis said the four youths -- 17-year-olds Mark Hirons, William Albritton and Kemp Robertson, and a 16-year-old whose name was not released -- were arrested after a long foot chase with police. They are accused of using a machete to destroy inflatable Christmas decorations in the yard of Marietta City Council Member Van Pearlberg, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Wednesday.


"When questioned, the teens said they were out 'grinching,' or destroying lawn decorations," said Lewis, who added Robertson was found in possession of a machete and a sword was found inside a vehicle belonging to one of the teenagers.

"The primary target of this night of grinching was the home of Marietta City Council Member and attorney Van Pearlberg, whose lawn has several inflatable decorations," Lewis said. "The teens told police they had just started chopping at the inflatables when they saw police drive by and decided to run."

All four teenagers were charged with loitering/prowling and obstruction, while Robertson was also charged with possession of less than an ounce of marijuana and the 16-year-old was charged with violating curfew.

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