Police arrested three juveniles, ages 10 to 15, and are looking for two more after a recent streak of costly vandalism at a Peachtree City elementary school, authorities said.
The young suspects were charged with burglary, criminal damage to property and interference with government property, Peachtree City police Sgt. Chris Hyatt told AJC.com. Their identities were not released since they’re being charged as juveniles.
The suspects are accused of breaking into Oak Grove Elementary School on multiple occasions, causing more than $13,000 in damages, AJC.com previously reported.
The suspects in custody are accused of break-ins on May 14, 15 and 19, while the outstanding suspects are accused of a later break-in May 21, Hyatt said.
The trio overturned several paint buckets and broke doors, white boards and building materials inside the school, Hyatt said. The school was undergoing a construction project by Meja Construction Inc.
The damage caused May 14 totaled at least $10,000, while the next night’s break-in tacked on an additional $3,000 worth of damage, Hyatt said. On May 19, ice cream was stolen from the cafeteria, classroom doors suffered shattered glass, fire extinguishers were discharged and a 5-gallon paint bucket was overturned.
During the latest break-in, two fire extinguishers were removed and used to spray into the school and parking lot, Hyatt said.
The construction company offered a $2,000 reward for information that led to a successful prosecution of those responsible. Hyatt said the reward was not claimed and will be donated to a nonprofit charity.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Peachtree City police Detective S. Ishihara at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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