$100,000+ vandalism at school

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July 21, 2009 9:59:54 AM PDT
The hunt is on for vandals who caused an estimated $100,000 worth of damage to a Delaware elementary school.

The vandals set their sights on Heritage Elementary School on Highlands Lane in Pike Creek. A brand new computer lab was demolished, but the list of damage goes on and on.

Police think the vandals struck just before 9 p.m. Monday. That's when officers first got the call of an alarm going off at the school. Police found nobody inside when they arrived.

"It appears nothing was taken," Delaware State Police Corporal Jeffrey Whitmarsh told Action News at the scene. "We don't know who was responsible for it. We do believe it was more than one person inside the school. They gained entry by climbing on the roof, getting into an interior courtyard and then busting through a window."

There was no graffiti and few clues about why someone would bust into the school and destroy so much.

"This was just an act to come in, to destroy a neighborhood school for no reason at all," Merv Daugherty, the school superintendent told Action News.

There is no security camera video, but the vandals may have left an audio clue. Why the vandals were tearing down a telephone, they may have inadvertently made a voicemail audio recording. Investigators are going to check it for clues.

In addition to the destruction of a computer lab, windows were smashed out and the vandals ruined floors with bleach and other cleaning supplies.

Anyone who may have information pertaining to this case is asked to call 302-834-2630 ext. 211 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333.


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