Bradford Door-Kicking Pranks End in Arrests

South Simcoe Police are issuing a warning about door-kicking pranks following two separate incidents in Bradford.

On Friday, December 3rd, at approximately 9:00 p.m., police were called to a home near the Essa Street and Frederick Street area after suspects kicked in a front door and ran away.

Police say the incident alarmed homeowners and damaged the door frame. Police canvassed for witnesses and security video, and determined three homes had been targeted.

Four 15-year-old males from Bradford were arrested for Mischief Under $5,000.  

Police say the youths took responsibility for their actions, were diverted from the court process under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, and agreed to participate in the Elizabeth Fry Society program.  

On Monday, December 13th, at around 5:30 p.m., police responded to a similar prank – this time in the Maplegrove Road and Collings Avenue area.

A 14-year-old male from Bradford was charged with Mischief Under $5,000.

Police are issuing a warning about these types of pranks. Police say they not only frighten the victims and can cause property damage, but also put the suspects in danger because the homeowners don’t know the intentions of the suspects.

Police are advising parents to discuss this type of activity with their children, and warn them of the possible consequences.