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School vandals caught

Two schools damaged

Posted: April 22, 2013 - 12:07pm

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Deputies found vandals who damaged two elementary schools over the weekend.

Three teens were charged with breaking into and vandalizing three portable classrooms at Evans Elementary. Zachary Alexander Hughes, 17, a 16-year-old and a 14-year-old, all of Evans, were charged with second degree burglary. Hughes was released from the Columbia County Detention Center Saturday after posting a $7,600 bond, according to jailers.

A teacher at the school called deputies after discovering her portable at the school on Gibbs Road and two others were damaged. The teacher said she’d come to work at about 8 a.m. Saturday to get some paperwork done and found her portable unlocked. Inside, the teacher discovered someone came in through a back window and drew vulgar pictures on the chalk board.

The teacher also found two other portables unlocked. Someone sprayed fire extinguishers inside those portables.

A neighbor identified a photo of the intruder taken from school surveillance video footage and provided Hughes’ address.

Children who were seen damaging Westmont Elementary School Sunday were made to clean up the mess.

Witnesses saw five 8- to 10-year-olds throwing rocks and breaking a window at the school at about 1:30 p.m. The children also threw trash around the commons area of the school on Oakley Pirkle Road in Martinez. They also wrote nasty words and moved the bottom seats on top of the seats inside a school bus.

Deputies found the children in a neighborhood behind the school. They were made to come to the school with their parents or guardians to clean up the mess.

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