Officers have arrested four members of a teen gang believed to be behind street robberies and up to $30,000 in vandalism in West York, police said.

In July, the alleged gang members used permanent markers to leave gang names, street names, profanity and obscene drawings on playground equipment at Shelly Park, in the 200 block of North Highland Avenue, according to West York Police.

They also used spray-paint to leave gang-related graffiti under the bridge in the 100 block of South Highland Avenue, which was found in August, police said.

One of the four youths -- a 14-year-old male with no fixed address -- is charged with robbery, theft and receiving stolen property for committing a robbery in the 1200 block of West Market Street in March, police said.

Vandalism: The same youth also is charged with attempted robbery and simple assault for allegedly trying to rob someone at Shelly Park in July, and additionally is charged with felony criminal mischief for the Shelly Park vandalism, according to police.

Also charged with felony criminal mischief and conspiracy for both vandalism incidents are two 15-year-old boys from the 1200 and 1300 block of West King Street in West York, and a 15-year-old boy from the first block of North Belvidere Avenue in York City.

The York City youth also is charged with simple assault for an incident that happened in July in the first block of North Highland Avenue, police said.

All four youths have been charged as juveniles, officials said.


A news release from West York Police did not provide details about the robberies and didn't say what gang the teens are affiliated with.

West York Police Chief Justin Seibel did not immediately return phone messages seeking comment.

More mischief: Police also identified two 14-year-old girls and two 15-year-old girls for alleged involvement in leaving unrelated vandalism at Shelly Park that had nothing to do with gang activity, police said.

All four girls were referred to the county's juvenile probation department for prosecution, police said.

Juvenile offenders who are part of York County Youth Development Center's community-outreach program were able to remove a large amount of the graffiti from the playground equipment at Shelly Park, according to police.

Assisting were members of the York County Sheriff's Office, which works with the Youth Development Center's outreach program.

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