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Girls gone wild

Female vandals egg enemy's house
By: Roger Phelps, The Telegraph
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Teen passions ran high when a Briggs Ranch house was egged and tomatoed liberally by four high-school cheerleaders. The north wall of the Cosentini residence, facing Darrington Drive, suffered thousands of dollars in damage by the four babes gone ballistic, said owner Leo Cosentini. And it reportedly wasn’t a random heck-raising attack. Rather, Cosentini said, a motive existed involving his teenage daughter, also a student at Vista del Lago. Police arrived at 2:45 p.m. Dec. 31, got a tip from a neighbor and within 90 minutes had collared the four juvenile suspects and set them to work at removing egg and tomato debris from the house’s stucco wall. It didn’t serve to prevent permanent damage. “The estimate was between $2,000 and $4,000,” Cosentini said. “It would have been less if they weren’t so exuberant about doing such a good job (of vandalism). This was not a drive-by. They had to get out and spend some minutes throwing eggs and tomatoes.” The reported perpetrators are minors. Cosentini declined to identify them. Folsom Police Officer Michelle Beattie said Cosentini originally passed on filing any criminal complaint, but changed his mind a few days later. By that time, all the law allowed police to do was to help Cosentini collect on insurance. “He called back and demanded they be arrested,” Beattie said. “A report was taken for insurance purposes.” Bad blood existed for an unknown reason between the Cosentini girl and the cheerleaders. “They made a bad mistake,” Cosentini said. “When I grew up, boys did that.” Beyond the damage, Cosentini said he’s irked at the comparative lack of apology. “Of all the different parents, only one had the civic responsibility to apologize,” he said. “One was a standup guy -- he came over and apologized profusely and earnestly, which is what I would have done. That’s the sad thing. You wonder why kids are the way they are, but if you have parents who don’t take things seriously …” Vista del Lago officials could not be reached by press time.