Vandals trash OKC elementary school 6 times in one month
OKLAHOMA CITY – Vandals target an Oklahoma City school multiple times and now police are searching for the people responsible for the crimes. Bodine Elementary, on South Bryant, has been broken into six times in less than a month.
The vandals have smashed dozens of windows and trashed the inside of the school.
Sandy Jackson, Bodine assistant principal, said, “We’ve been broken into six times and the damage to the building has escalated.”
In all, more than 30 windows have been shattered with a hammer and multiple computers have been tossed on the ground.
The hallways, classrooms, the library and the main office have been routinely trashed by the vandals.
“If someone is that bored, I feel sad for them,” Jackson said. “You’re stealing from the pockets of little children.”
Authorities say they want to catch the people responsible before classes start in just over a week.
On Friday, Oklahoma City police released surveillance video of the three troublemakers. One of the suspects is seen wearing a maroon sweatshirt, another sporting a yellow sweatshirt while a third suspect is wearing a gray t-shirt. See video stills below:
Video from another day shows one of the suspects in a different gray hooded shirt. So far, the suspects haven’t stolen anything of significant value from the school.
MSgt. Gary Knight, with the Oklahoma City Police Department, said, “They’re not going in to steal. They’re vandalizing but we want it to stop because they’re costing the school money ultimately.”
School leaders estimate the cost of replacing the windows alone is close to $20,000.
School officials want to emphasize that despite the vandalism, parents should not be afraid to enroll their children in class. Classes resume August 5th.
Anyone with information on the case is asked to call CrimeStoppers. There is a reward for information that leads to an arrest.