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JUPITER, FL (WFLX) - Two West Palm Beach police officers are in hot water after a wild night in Abacoa.

UPDATE, FRI 9:30 AM: Officers Timothy Pike and Christopher Clark faced a judge Thursday after being charged with criminal mischief for allegedly busting up vehicles in a parking lot.

"The guys were a lot bigger than me," said Pineapples' restaurant manager Michael Stuve. "It was late at night, so I didn't know what to expect."

Stuve came upon the two men in the Abacoa parking garage early Thursday morning. His vehicle and several others were busted up. "They busted the mirror off. They scratched the side of it."

The arrest report says that at least one of the officers was intoxicated. "I heard glass breaking, I heard loud impact noises, and I heard laughter, as well."

The police chief says an internal affairs investigation is underway and Officers Pike and Clark are on administrative duty. "It just really irritates me that I have to fix my truck, and two off duty police officers decided to trash a couple innocent people's cars for their own fun."

Both men have been released on their own recognizance. The officers could face up to five years in prison.

Previously: The Jupiter Police Department say they arrested two West Palm Beach police officers Thursday morning.

Jupiter Police Chief Frank Kitzerow says around 2:40 a.m., some witnesses called 911 reporting a possible vehicle burglary occurring within a parking garage at 1140 Edna Hibel Drive, Abacoa.

Officers responded and discovered two vehicles had sustained significant damage. Two subjects, later identified as West Palm Beach Police Officers Christopher Clark and Timothy Pike, were standing in between the vehicles.

According to Jupiter Police, there were indications that the damage to the vehicles had just occurred and the subjects were responsible for the damage. Both subjects were arrested and charged with felony criminal mischief.

The City of West Palm Beach Police Department is taking this situation seriously and will immediately begin an internal investigation. Both officers will be placed on administrative duty pending the outcome of the investigation. 
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