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Teen admits to holiday vandalism in Forsyth County

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A teenager who admitted to vandalizing a Forsyth County neighborhood during the holidays is working hard to make amends.

A number of wreaths were set on fire and 22 mailboxes were ripped out of the ground in the Bridgetown subdivision in Cumming on Tuesday morning.

Mike Britt said he and his wife were awakened at 3 a.m. by the sound of their smoke detectors. He said that a natural wreath on his door had been set ablaze.

"When they set it on fire, it started burning, it caught the door on fire, melted the socket under it and… basically, the fire alarm came on and we came down and fortunately were able to put the fire out," Britt said.

Afterwards, the community put out flyers offering a $10,000 reward for information on the arson and vandalism.

While FOX 5's candles were rolling, a 17-year-old boy confessed his involvement to the Britts. He said that he did not set the fire, but was there when it happened. The teen is a family friend of the Britts.

Mike Britt said that he and the teen planned to place the mailboxes back in the ground in the neighborhood.

Captain Jason Shivers of the Forsyth County Fire Department said that they would pursue charges against those responsible for the vandalism.

The teen told FOX 5 that authorities said he will likely be charged as an adult and face arson and vandalism charges. He said that he was under the influence at the time of the vandalism and thought it was funny. He said he was guilt-ridden when he woke up the next day and had to confess.

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