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Hockey Player and Classmate Arrested for Vandalism

The pair are accused of busting a mailbox at the start of February vacation.

Two New Canaan High Schools students—one a star hockey player—turned themselves Wednesday after allegedly being caught on tape vandalizing a mailbox during winter break.

A security camera belonging to a house on Indian Rock Road recorded a person get out of a vehicle and bash a mailbox at the end of the driveway with a baseball bat around 2:15 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 13. The homeowner reported the incident, estimating about $200 worth of damage, later that morning. Police received calls about four other vandalized mailboxes that Saturday that may be linked, but formal complaints were not filed.

Police used the video from the house on Indian Rock to identify 18-year-old James "Bo" McGinniss as the suspected perpetrator and another 17-year-old boy as the suspected driver of the vehicle. Police believe there may have been other passengers in the car, but no one else has yet been named.

A warrant for McGinniss' arrest was issued March 16, in the midst of the state hockey tournament. McGinniss, co-captain of the Rams team, was suspended for the semifinal game against Fairfield Prep, which New Canaan lost 4-3.

Before the start of a season, NCHS requires student athletes and their parents to sign a statement saying that they have read the Athletic Department's handbook, which includes a code of conduct. The conduct rules state that, "a student athlete's violation of any NCHS rule, athletic policy or public law may result in suspension or removal from an athletic team."

While he said that he could not comment on this case in particular, Athletic Director Jay Egan said, "In the past we have acted when we've had knowledge of behavior that violates our code of conduct."

McGinniss, who waited a week to turn himself in after police called to notify him of the warrant out for his arrest, now faces a charge of criminal mischief in the 2nd degree. He was released Wednesday on $500 bond and is due in Norwalk Court April 6.

The 17-year-old did respond to police calls letting him know a warrant against him was pending, and turned himself the day after it was officially issued March 23. He was charged with conspiracy to commit criminal mischief in the 2nd degree and driving after 11 p.m. in violation of Connecticut's curfew restricting drivers under 18.

"This is part of the reason why I support the restrictions on teen driving," said New Canaan Police Sgt. Carol Ogrinc. "Only bad things happen after midnight."

The 17-year-old posted $2,500 bond and is due in Norwalk Juvenile Court April 7.

never forgive March 26, 2010 at 02:40 AM
This is an article you would find on one of those scum sites like TMZ. Pathetic.
disgraceful March 26, 2010 at 03:01 AM
It is disgraceful that you are exploiting the mistake of a high school teenager to thousands of people and publicly humiliating him
seriously March 26, 2010 at 03:15 AM
First and formost, id like to recgonize how absurd it is that somebody has a camera on their mailbox. Get real. Are you scared of your own shadow too? And for you Amy Jeffries, you cannot be serious. You have tarnished bo's high school career and its just downright cruel and uneccessary. Nobody wants to see you teeing off on kids like this. Pull the patch together. Without the work of bob goldshall, this site would be considered a virus.
Concerned NC parent March 26, 2010 at 03:25 AM
Bush league report from a bush league reporter. If you knew how great a kid he was, you'd feel ashamed.
My God March 26, 2010 at 03:32 AM
The actions taken by the NCHS administration are nothing short of sinful. The ones responsible for taking away the life long dream of a teenager who made one wrong choice should forever burn in Dante's three rings of hell. The most wretched demons of Hades should eternally haunt those responsible for denying this young man and his 25 teammates the reward they rightfully deserved for all the hard work and commitment they have put into the last FIFTEEN years of the lives. What low life scums of the Earth could ever live with themselves. By the way, writing this article is in simplest terms 100% pathetic. Don't you have anything better to do with your life. Go watch the damn Kentucky basketball game or something. Better yet, go sit outside and stair at your motherf***ing mailbox.
The Man March 26, 2010 at 03:48 AM
ok. first and foremost. i just want to comment on My God's post because he spelled "stare" wrong in the last sentence. but that's besides the point. the point is that this is absurd. yes the camera on the mailbox. way to just stereotype New Canaan more by showing that people have enough money to put cameras on their mailboxes and afford such exquisite mailboxes. you're just proving to any non-new canaanite that us rich new canaan folks are so paranoid about "punk arrogant up-to-no-good delinquent" teens that they would put a camera on their mail box. honestly be real. that's nothing short of pathetic. anyway. this is a ridiculous notion by the nchs administration. seriously. let me explain why. 1. he is the opposite of a bad kid, he got into georgetown. is that not enough? no it isn't. 2. he was all-county and state and a staple of brick wall defense. 3. it's a mail box. get an email, it's cheaper. i know he broke the code, but why 6 weeks later? this was arguably the biggest game of the year. we were playing a bunch of stuck up rich boys from Prep, who could use a decent A** whooping. without the fine audacious individual stated in the article, the whole chemistry of the team was thrown off. So was it really worth it? sacrificing the season because he made a "dumb" decision. everyone makes dumb decisions. Bill clinton made a dumb decision... and he was our president. this was just a bad choice made by one of the states finest hockey players. so be real and chill the F*** out
I Rather Hang with Osama than you. March 26, 2010 at 03:49 AM
The decision surrounding the incident that took place at some trophy wife's house during the start of NCHS's February break is an absolute joke. How could you ever do that to such a great kid? He made one mistake. Have you ever made a mistake. The administration at NCHS most likely has. It probably involved a lady friend that could be bought for the same price as the mailbox. Who ever wrote this is a stuck up loser who probably spent their friday and saturday nights sitting at home with their 7 cats, putting together 1,000 piece puzzles and watching Full House with Bob Saget. What a waste of air. Jesus Christ.
WIlly Love March 26, 2010 at 03:50 AM
This is an absolute joke. How can you publish a story about this and humiliate this kid. He is in high school. And teenagers make mistakes. It is part of life. I'm sure Ms. Jeffries's when you were in high school you made numerous mistakes. To publish an article like this, ruining the reputation of the high school is absurd. How would you like it if someone posted an article about your son? You may say your son is smarter then Bo, but I can say with 100% confidence he wouldn't be smarter because every high schooler makes a mistake. Good or bad. Wrong or right. You are a disgrace for posting this. Shame on you.
Bob Saget March 26, 2010 at 04:03 AM
Dear whoever wrote the worst article in mankind. I don't know who you think you are. But what gives you the right to write such an absurd article about a wonderful young man. What gives you the right to embarrass this TEENAGER on a public blog. Are you related to Brian Peppers or possibly the monkey that gave the world AIDS. You cannot simply go around shouting out the names of well-intentioned high schoolers just because of one mistake. Do you think Barack Obama's parents go around telling people their son was the biggest mistake ever. No. It doesn't work that way. Go move to Mali where they don't have computers.
To: Amy Jeffries March 26, 2010 at 04:09 AM
Wow. Amy Jeffries I have a few questions I'd like you to answer to the public. 1. Why couldn't this wait until the police report you put up every monday? 2. How come a high school kid with a bright future gets his own 'personal' police report written about him when adults who commit much more serious crimes such as DUI's and Assualt only get a small paragraph on the Monday police reports? It's almost as if you are saying mailboxing is more serious than drinking and driving. 3. Why did you go out of your way to twitter this article to your followers? 4. Why did you feel the need to ruin the senior year of one of the schools most respected student athletes? Have a nice day.
Amy Jeffries March 26, 2010 at 05:02 PM
The vandalism for which these two students were arrested was not an isolated event, and other kids have likely participated in this kind of mischief. A half dozen vandalized mailboxes in the Jelliff Mill area were discovered Feb. 17; seven more such incidents, including a couple on Indian Rock Road, were reported the weekend before Halloween; police got 10 calls about mailbox vandalism during the recent power outage. In most cases, the property owners did not file formal complaints and the perpetrators have not been identified.
Amy Jeffries March 27, 2010 at 05:27 PM
This story has been corrected. Allegedly the camera only caught one person getting out of the car on Indian Rock Road and strike a mailbox. The 17-year-old is thought to have remained in the car, which he was allegedly driving.
Amy Jeffries April 18, 2010 at 04:03 PM
On April 15, McGinniss pleaded not guilty to criminal mischief.

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