Albemarle Teens Arrested For Underage Drinking

By: Autria Godfrey
By: Autria Godfrey

August 20, 2006

Albemarle County Police cracked down on underage drinking this weekend. Saturday night they busted 19 kids trespassing on private property. The property is owned by the Key West Club, who said this isn't the first time this has happened.

Trash is all that remains of a late night party after Albemarle County Police busted 19 teenagers Saturday night for trespassing.

Police handed out six underage drinking violations and charged two 18-year-olds with contributing to the delinquency of a minor, possession of marijuana, and trespassing.

Key West lifeguard Devin Crosby has worked at the facility for four years and said he's seen it all before.

"[It's a] pretty big problem. Whenever I usually come in here for work, there's usually a decent amount of cars in the field or out in the river that probably aren't members here," Crosby said.

Saturday night's party left a mess for workers to deal with and those who run the club are glad police are cracking down.

"It hurts the facility. If they're kicking down doors or throwing trash in the pool. In the off season they've damaged our pool cover, things like that," Vice President of Key West Club David Blaine said.

The street is marked as private property, but with little security, this secluded hideout has little defense against trespassers.

"They tend to get away with it because we don't really have a gate at the front of the entrance or anything, so it's hard to regulate what happens after hours," Crosby said.

In addition to keeping their complex presentable, safety is another concern.

"Either protect the property, or protect the people who are trespassing. It's an open pool and if people are drinking, that's bad," Blaine said.

Police are still investigating Saturday night's incident and say more charges are possible.

In addition to that incident, workers at the club say they also had a member's dirt bike stolen on Saturday, but police later recovered the bike.

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