Teens nabbed in connection to Woodlands vandalism

A backpack containing a filled-out employment application form left at the site of a drinking party at Woodlands Elementary School last month led Sheriff’s deputies to a couple of the suspects.

Between July 8-10, perpetrators damaged nine of the school’s windows and left trash from what looked like a barbecue and drinking party, resulting in more than $5,000 worth of damage.

According to Sheriff’s reports, the 16-year-old owner of the backpack admitted to drinking alcohol with his friends at the school. He said he left his backpack with a friend who allegedly used it to conceal food items and alcohol shoplifted from stores. Three other juveniles, two 16-year-olds and a 15-year-old also were interviewed. One of the 16-year-olds admitted to kicking a window and throwing rocks and said he observed the 15-year-old doing the same. The 15-year-old, a runaway, was being transported to juvenile detention regarding a separate burglary incident when he was interviewed regarding Woodlands, according to reports. He told the investigating deputy he didn’t break any windows, but knew who did and provided the investigator with only the first names of two others.

“The investigation is still ongoing,” said Deputy Scott Wilson, spokesman for the Sheriff’s office.

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