Detectives with the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office are trying to identify three juveniles who broke 30 windows at Nisqually Middle School early Thursday morning and broke into a portable classroom, ransacking it.
The vandals caused between $5,000 and $10,000 in damage to the school in the 8100 block of Steilacoom Road Southeast, Thurston County Chief Criminal Deputy James Chamberlain said.
Detectives are reviewing surveillance video that shows three juveniles, one of whom might be a girl, who are responsible for the damage, he said.
The vandals entered the portable classroom by breaking a window, then overturned tables and threw items on the floor, Chamberlain said. A guitar also was smashed to pieces, he said.
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Deputies were dispatched to the school about 2:40 a.m. when a fire alarm activated, he said.
Custodial staff members, students and teachers cleaned up the mess and made sure that school started on time Thursday morning, North Thurston Public Schools spokeswoman Courtney Schrieve said in a phone interview.
“The school recently underwent an extensive remodel so the timing of this is unfortunate, but can be repaired,” she wrote in an e-mail to The Olympian.
Chamberlain asked that anyone with information that can help deputies identify the suspects call the Sheriff’s Office at 360-786-5500 or Thurston County Crime Stoppers at 360-493-2222.
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