WEST POINT -- The homes in the cul-de-sac now show no visible signs of the vandalism that occurred early Saturday morning.
"We get reports of toilet papering with no damage all the time," said Davis County Sheriff's Sgt. Susan Poulsen. "But something of this magnitude is rare. The kids involved caused so much damage, and they were so young."
Two boys, ages 11 and 12, were referred to 2nd District Juvenile Court on multiple counts of criminal mischief. The two are said to be responsible for toilet papering six homes near 300 N. 4950 West, in West Point, plus for causing additional damage.
Poulsen said homeowners awoke to find obscenities painted on the doors of their homes, garages, vehicles and on travel trailers. Rice Krispies had been poured in a fountain and damaged the pump, Poulsen said. Also, flower pots were shattered.
Davis County sheriff's deputies received information the two boys may have caused the damage and painted the graffiti, Poulsen said. When the boys were found, they still had acrylic paint on their hands, arms and clothes.
The boys admitted to sneaking out of their homes early Saturday morning, she said.
"There was so much damage, the officers couldn't hazard a guess at an estimate," she said.
Law enforcement agencies see an increase in calls during the summer about toilet papering and other types of vandalism, she said.
However, from June 1 to July 15, said Beanie Martinez, a spokeswoman with 2nd District Juvenile Court, the courts in Ogden and Farmington have received 53 referrals related to criminal mischief and/or graffiti.
The two offices received only two referrals for the same type of crimes from Feb. 1 to March 15, Martinez said.
Parents should have their children and teenagers involved during the day in activities such as sports, music or volunteer work, she said.
"Also, keeping a line of communication open is important," Martinez said. "Know what your kids are doing, who they're doing it with and where they are doing it."
Martinez said juveniles found guilty of charges in court are assessed the fines and restitution, not the parents.
"The obligation belongs to the kids, and we want it understood it's the kids' behavior, so they're responsible to make it right."