Rockefeller among BC students in vandalism case
BRIGHTON, Mass. (WHDH) -- A relative of the late Nelson A. Rockefeller and five other Boston College seniors have denied vandalizing an apartment and causing about $25,000 in damage, including creating a natural gas leak by pulling out a clothes dryer line.
Prosecutors say the students were arraigned Wednesday on charges of breaking and entering and willful and malicious destruction of property in the March 16 incident. The students pleaded not guilty and were released on conditions including avoiding alcohol and drugs.
“The eggs were thrown on the first floor because they came from the refrigerator,” said Erick Vega, whose home was vandalized.
The district attorney said the students created a dangerous situation when they went to the basement, ripped a gas line next to the furnace, creating a gas leak, and then ran off leaving one of Vega’s roommates asleep upstairs.
“It could have been very serious,” Vega said.
The students are Christian Rockefeller and Charles Howe, both of Pleasantville, N.Y.; Timothy Orr, of Briarcliff Manor, N.Y.; Arthur Pidoriano, of Cortland Manor, N.Y.; David Rogers, of Providence, R.I., and Matthew Tolkowsky, of Morristown, N.J.
Rockefeller is a great-grandson of Nelson A. Rockefeller, a U.S. vice president and New York governor. A Rockefeller spokesman says the family will have no comment.
Vega said he doesn’t know the students, but that a few of them used to live in the apartment and his roommates were not the target -- the house was.
“I mostly just feel bad for our landlord that they had to put up with all of this,” Vega said.
The owner of the house told 7News over the phone there was no acrimony with the former tenants, and while he’s not happy with what happened, he’ll let the system take its course.
The district attorney said one of the students ended up calling National Grid that night, then admitted to police they vandalized the home.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.