State police charged a group of local teenagers with criminal mischief after a vandalism rampage causing several thousand dollars’ worth of damage to homes and vehicles in Chelsea and Augusta over the weekend.

Police described the incidents as a mini-crime wave “fueled by alcohol, marijuana and dislike of one of the victim’s choices of rap music,” according to a news release from Steve McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety.

Five teenagers were charged with criminal mischief: Nathaniel Thibeau, 18, of Randolph, and Spencer King, 18, of Gardiner, as well as three 17-year-old boys from West Gardiner, Randolph and Brunswick whose names police did not release.

Also, Patrick Simmons, 21, of Gardiner, was charged with furnishing alcohol to minors.

Windows were smashed at three houses in Chelsea and Augusta, and several mailboxes, a car and a truck also were damaged. The group allegedly threw large items, such as cement blocks and garden equipment, through the windows of houses in the early morning hours Sunday.

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