Vandals hit four schools in one month

The Kitsap County Sheriff’s Department is still searching for suspects in a rash of school vandalism incidents this summer that have caused several thousands dollars worth of damage to four elementary schools in South Kitsap.

According to spokesman Scott Wilson, six incidents occurred at four South Kitsap School District buildings from July 12 to July 23, many involving windows being shot out with a BB or air-pellet gun.

On July 12, an employee at Burley-Glenwood Elementary School on Lakeway Boulevard reported that sometime the previous weekend seven windows on the school had been shot with a BB gun.

He estimated it would cost a minimum of $1,400 to replace them.

Two days later, a custodian at Olalla Elementary School on Denny Bond Boulevard reported one or more persons had vandalized the school’s roof by tearing off sections and throwing it on the ground, then urinated and spit on the rooftop.

Total damage was estimated at $1,000.

In that incident, a wallet was found on scene and the owner questioned, with information forwarded to the Kitsap County Prosecutor’s office for possible charges.

On July 19, both Manchester Elementary and Orchard Heights Elementary schools were hit. Several windows were broken and graffiti was sprayed on the playground area at Manchester, but no damage estimate was provided.

At Orchard Heights, five classroom windows were reportedly damaged by a BB or an air pellet gun, with an estimated replacement cost of $1,000.

The following Friday, July 23, both Manchester and Orchard Heights were struck again, with rocks thrown through windows at Manchester and weather station antennas worth at least $3,000 on the roof at Orchard Heights found bent.

So far, no suspects have been identified, with the exception of the subjects interviewed following the incident at Olalla.

If anyone has knowledge of the vandalism caused to these schools, please contact the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office at (360) 337-7101.

All calls are confidential.

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