As they arrived to break in to Bonham Elementary for the fourth time early Christmas morning, police say they caught two teenagers, ages 14 and 15, and took them to the Taylor County Juvenile Justice Center.
The damage believed to be done by the two juveniles is estimated at $120,000.
Wednesday 12pm Update:
Abilene Crime Stoppers is featuring the vandalism as Crime of the Week, releasing this additional information:
Over the weekend of December 19-21 and the days following, Bonham Elementary School was the target of extensive vandalism on at least three different occasions. Damage includes graffiti being painted on the interior walls and plumbing fixtures being broken and flooding resulted from the broken fixtures. A fire was started in the gym causing considerable smoke damage. The damage may well exceed $100,000.Click the attachment at the top of the story to hear the police report.
Tuesday 9am Update:
Investigators say someone broke into Bonham Elementary School last night, spray painted the inside of the gym, set a fire and sprayed several fire extinguishers.
Construction workers first spotted the thick smoke billowing from the gym when they arrived at the school at 7:15 Tuesday morning.
Fire fighters arrived to find a broken window, graffiti, and what they called a "relatively small fire." Once the heavy smoke cleared, they discovered the used fire extinguishers and other signs of vandalism.
The investigation is still in its early stages.
Bonham Elementary is undergoing construction and is vacant for the 2008-2009 school year.