By Jessica Creagan
INDIAN RIVER COUNTY -- Last week, three local men were arrested and charged with opening hydrants in the county earlier this year. All three posted bail and were released after booking.
Jeffrey Adam Newman, 19, 4636 43rd St., Vero Beach, Triston Cooper Ware, 18, 4005 62nd Ave., Vero Beach, and William Kyle Webb, 18, 2725 49th Ave., Vero Beach, were all charged by the Indian River County Sheriff's Office with three counts of preventing a fire fighter from extinguishing a fire and felony criminal mischief.
For the four felony charges, each man posted $4,000 in bail. In interviews, the men told investigators opening the 17 hydrants in the early hours of June 17 was a prank.
Detectives were provided the suspects' identities by an anonymous source, a press release said.
Several weeks ago, Indian River County officials released a statement saying reward money could be received for individuals providing information leading to the arrest and conviction in cases of vandalism against the county this year.
The total amount of damage or loss reported by the county utilities department as a result of hydrants being opened and allowed to spill out was about $6,000. The utilities department estimates 1.2 million gallons of water were released during the vandalism incident.
For more information about the Indian River County Sheriff's Office, visit www.ircsheriff.org.