HESPERIA A dropped cell phone led to the citation of seven teens who opened up several fire hydrants throughout Hesperia causing about $100,000 loss in water to the city, San Bernardino County Sheriff's Hesperia station officials said Monday.


The juveniles' parents are also being held responsible for the vandalism, Sue Rose, spokeswoman for the Hesperia station, said.


At about 12:30 a.m. Sunday, deputies and San Bernardino County Fire personnel were alerted to several fire hydrants releasing water, officials said.


As a deputy responded to one of the locations on Topaz and Dartmouth avenues, he saw three juveniles in a red car speed away from the location, Rose said. The deputy tried to catch up to the vehicle which was traveling at about 100 mph but was unable to stop it.


As sheriff's and fire officials were shutting off the various hydrants, they found a cell phone near one of the open hydrants, according to a release. Investigators learned it belonged to a juvenile and with that information went to the vandal's home and cited the teen for willful and malicious tampering with fire equipment, Rose said. The juvenile's parents were cited as well.


Investigators were able to identify the remaining six juveniles and cited them and their parents as well, officials said. All seven teens ranged in age from 14 to 17, Rose said.