malicious mischief

noun

Definition of malicious mischief 

: willful, wanton, or reckless damage to or destruction of another's property

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Sheriff’s deputies were called, and Thomas made a citizen’s arrest on Chance, charging him with malicious mischief. Cathy Locke, sacbee, "What happened to CHP officer who fatally shot his neighbor in dispute over fence? | The Sacramento Bee," 26 Apr. 2018 One of the major lectures … was addressed to six Harlandale youths charged with malicious mischief in breaking a streetlight. From Express-news Archives, San Antonio Express-News, "Mayor Callaghan filled in for judge, dispensed fines, advice," 25 Mar. 2018 He was arraigned last week on charges of fourth-degree assault and third-degree malicious mischief. Shane Dixon Kavanaugh, OregonLive.com, "Vancouver Pokemon Go game leads to real life tire iron attack, police say," 20 Mar. 2018 The Pierce County Superior Court Clerk confirmed over the phone Tuesday that Nicolopoulos was charged with malicious mischief in 1995 and assault in 2001. Lizzy Acker, OregonLive.com, "Portland man intentionally hit with a car in Lincoln City, police say," 13 Mar. 2018 Daniel Chadwick, 42, of Burbank, was charged with malicious mischief, which carries a maximum penalty of six months in jail and a $500 fine. Scott Harrison, latimes.com, "From the Archives: McDonald's sign toppled," 6 Mar. 2018 Rodriguez was then taken into custody on suspicion of reckless driving, eluding an officer, and two counts of malicious mischief or property damage, police said. Jared Gilmour, miamiherald, "‘You’ll never catch me,’ ATV driver told cops. A potted plant did the job for them, Rhode Island police say | Miami Herald," 22 Feb. 2018 KOMO News in Seattle reported the man is Skyler Kaizuka and he is being held on charges of malicious mischief/theft. Kevin Spain, USA TODAY, "Suspect arrested for stealing bat from Ken Griffey Jr. statue," 18 Oct. 2017 He was booked into the Sacramento County jail on Sept. 15 under suspicion of robbery, attempted carjacking, assault with a deadly weapon, evading, felony vandalism and malicious mischief. Emily Zentner, sacbee, "Sacramento police release body cam footage of brawl that injured K-9 Reno | The Sacramento Bee," 9 Oct. 2017

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1769, in the meaning defined above

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malicious mischief

noun
malicious mis·​chief

Legal Definition of malicious mischief 

: the act or offense of intentionally damaging or destroying another's property (as from feelings of ill will) — compare vandalism

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