Police arrest 5 teens for possession of Molotov Cocktails

Police arrest 5 teens for possession of Molotov Cocktails

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SALT LAKE CITY -- An attempted prank involving Molotov Cocktails landed five Salt Lake City teens in jail on felony charges.

Salt Lake police Detective Pat Wilkinson said an officer was driving near 1300 South and Roxbury Street at about 4:00 a.m. Sunday when he saw a person in the middle of the street.

"On further investigation, found that they were in possession of a Molotov Cocktail," he said. "And there were other individuals with him in the area -- a few in a car and there were others on a sidewalk."

They were booked into jail on charges of possessing an improvised explosive device, a second-degree felony.

"It's potentially an explosive device which people can use to harm other people or to destroy or damage property," Wilkinson said. "And potentially they could seriously harm themselves."

Devon Baucom, Kevin Tucker, Jacob Morrison, Julia Dahdah and Graham Beckstead, all 18 years old, were booked into jail early Sunday morning.

Wilkinson said prosecutors will determine the actual charges.

E-mail: mgiauque@ksl.com

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