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Pair of local teens charged in vandalism of 20 boats

Lake Oswego Police have released details of two October arrests stemming from the vandalism of more than 20 boats on Oswego Lake in July.

Police arrested Luke A. Fuller, 18, and Alexander T. DiPaola, 16, both of Lake Oswego, on theft and criminal mischief charges related to last summer's incidents. Capt. Don Forman said police are continuing their investigation and only released details of the arrests last week because additional arrests may be pending.

Last summer's boat vandalism was reported July 24 and 25 at three marinas on the lake. Reported damage included slashed upholstery and boat covers, cuts to tubes and tie-down lines, discharge of fire extinguishers on boats, damage to fiberglass coating and theft of items such as stereos and extra keys.

The destruction - which Lake Oswego Corporation President Bill Wiley said caused up to $50,000 in damage - occurred to boats moored at Village on the Lake Marina, the Forest Hills Easement and the Palisades Terrace docks.

Fuller was charged with misdemeanor theft and criminal mischief in connection with the incidents. He was lodged at Clackamas County Jail but was later released pending a court appearance.

DiPaola was charged with felony theft and criminal mischief and lodged at the Clackamas County Juvenile Resource Center. He was also released pending an appearance in juvenile court. The Lake Oswego Review prints the names of juveniles charged with felonies.

Forman said police recovered physical evidence from Dipaola and Fuller, including sunglasses, tow ropes, flares and fire extinguishers.

Property reported stolen in July's incidents included sunglasses, a hat, shirt, iPod, stereos and keys.

'We have reason to believe some of these items we never got back are at the bottom of the lake,' Forman said.

Jay Hamachek, president of the Village on the Lake Marina Association, said users of the marina were grateful police took the vandalism seriously.

In a letter to the department, Hamachek estimated damage to the nine boats vandalized at Village on the Lake would total $30,000. Victims there are currently working to document damage amounts, he said.

'We're happy the Lake Oswego Police Department was able to track the responsible parties down, or at least the suspects,' said Hamachek.

Wiley agreed.

'I think it's a real positive when vandalism occurs and justice can be done,' he said.

As a result of the investigation, Wiley said Lake Oswego Police would take jurisdiction of incidents involving the lake. Those issues were previously the duties of the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Marine Patrol Division.

If convicted of the charges, Fuller faces up to a year in prison on both charges, a maximum of $12,500 in fines and restitution payments to property owners.

DiPaola faces uncertain penalties because he is a juvenile.