Two juveniles charged in $100,000 Anchorage school vandalism

Posted: Friday, January 04, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two 16-year-old boys have been arrested in an expensive weekend vandalism incident at an Anchorage high school, police say.

Damage at the construction site for the new Dimond High School building is estimated at more than $100,000.

The suspects are both students at the school, according to police. They were charged with criminal mischief and burglary, both felonies, after their arrest Wednesday.

One was being held at McLaughlin Youth Center Friday. The other was released to his parents until a hearing.

Police didn't reveal the name of either boy.

The arrests came after police received information from concerned citizens and collected evidence at the construction site.

The vandalism occurred over the weekend and was discovered Sunday afternoon.

The vandals scaled a six-foot fence and broke a padlock to get into the new building. They then shattered windows, smashed heating ducts, splashed paint and damaged heavy equipment. The vandals even broke safety railings to push materials off the roof and onto heavy equipment.

A construction worker discovered the damage Sunday afternoon.

The Anchorage School district is expected to pursue disciplinary action against the suspects independent of the criminal case, police said, and the contractor, Alcan General, is expected to seek restitution for the damage.

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