Four charged with making crop circle

Oct. 14, 2009 at 4:30 PM
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ST. LOUIS, Oct. 14 (UPI) -- Authorities in Missouri said four youths have been charged with using a small pickup truck to put a massive crop circle in a corn field.

The owner of the corn field, Tim Cowell of Prairie du Rocher, said the crop circle, comprising a 3-acre circle with 4 acres of mazes branching out, amounts to about $10,000 worth of property damage and lost crops, the St. Louis (Mo.) Post-Dispatch reported Wednesday.

A neighbor of Cowell spotted the pickup truck leaving the scene and took down the license plate number, leading authorities to four youths.

John Wuelling, 20, who pleaded innocent to one count of criminal damage to property, is due in court next month for a preliminary hearing. The remaining three suspects were charged as juveniles and their names were not released.

"I don't know what they were thinking," Monroe County Sheriff Daniel Kelley said of the suspects. "It's just one of those crazy things."

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