VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - The Valdosta Police Department has taken arrest warrants on 15 people and is looking for more after the March 27, 2017 vandalism at Valdosta High School, estimated at over $4,000.
A VPD officer was on normal patrol when he noticed suspicious activity at the school. When he drove up, several people took off running, and he saw what appeared to be white smoke coming from the cafeteria.
He found three intruders inside the school, and they took off running as well.
Police called out the Valdosta Fire Department to assist in discovering the source of the white smoke.
The white smoke turned out to be fire extinguishers.
Police found the school wrecked, with tables overturned; vegetable oil poured onto the floor, liquid soap poured on the tables, floors, and squirted onto several of the student's lockers. Pickle relish and eggs had been thrown on several walls.
Red spray paint had been used to spray graffiti on several walls. The school was also infested with live worms and crickets as they had been brought by the offenders and dumped inside the school.
A vending machine had been destroyed and a security camera had also been disabled. Multiple fire extinguishers had been removed from their storage cradles inside the school and then discharged throughout the gymnasium and cafeteria covering the area in a thick blanket of sodium bicarbonate dust.
Valdosta Investigators have been working nonstop on this case and as a result, arrests warrants have been signed on fifteen adults. Two additional juveniles have also been charged and have been turned over to the Department of Juvenile Justice.
"This case appeared to be a high school prank that went badly. However, the law was in fact violated; thousands of dollars of property was damage occurred that someone has to pay, in addition to the manpower wasted because school staff spent hours cleaning up the building and making repairs. The police department takes no joy in charging these youths with felony offenses but this went well beyond a joke or prank," said Lieutenant Adam Bembry.
One Juvenile was taken in custody and was turned over to the Department of Juvenile Justice, and they are looking for another juvenile.
Two additional adults are still being sought with active arrest warrants, those identities are being withheld at this time.
Here are the names of those arrested who can be identified at this time:
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