Teen charged with releasing cockroaches
Tim Grace, Enterprise staff writer
KINGSTON — Police confirmed Thursday that a Carver teenager has been charged in connection
with loosing more than 600 tropical cockroaches into a storage area above the McDonald's
Restaurant at the Independence Mall early in September.
The 16-year-old suspect faces charges of bringing pests into the commonwealth, malicious
damage over $250, throwing a noxious or filthy substance upon a building, and possession of any
biological, chemical or nuclear delivery system.
Officials did not release the boy's name Thursday, and Mark McBee, owner of the McDonald's, did
not immediately return a telephone message requesting comment.
On Sept 2, mall officials were forced to shut down the food court after an open box containing 605
Hawaiian lobster roaches was found in the storage area directly above McBee's McDonald's.
At the time, police were working under the assumption that a former employee at the fast-food
franchise planted the bugs before quitting.
The youth, according to other employees at the chain, had been throwing rolls and other foods into
the storage area through an opening in the ceiling.
Suspicious, restaurant employees looked through the storage space after the boy's departure and
found the roaches.
The bugs were delivered from a mail-order breeder in Arizona. The suspect's name and address
were printed on the box.
On orders from the Kingston Board of Health, the food court was forced to close through the day
while the roaches remaining in the box were exterminated. Health officials said 605 carcasses
The food court was allowed to reopen the following day. Traps were set for any bugs that might
have wandered off and another round of inspections was scheduled 30 days after the incident.
None of the roaches found their way into food served by any of the food court's restaurants.
Police said Thursday the boy was not being held but could not say when he is due to answer the
charges in court.
Future Darwin candidate, it sounds like......
Why are people breeding roaches and selling them mail order?
So tequilabob can eat them without chasing them!!
The cops probably couldn't believe their luck (or the kids stupidity).