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Vandals and thieves targeting shut-down schools during pandemic

Posted at 5:19 PM, Apr 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-22 14:55:05-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - Closed schools around the county are turning into targets for vandals and thieves.

Imperial Beach Charter School. Early April. Amid the quiet of an empty school, a window is shattered by a vandal. Two weeks later, the same classroom was targeted again, along with another one.

"Completely makes no sense why somebody would do that," said Cloretta Banks, a PTA board member.

Cabinets were emptied. Baking soda and oil taken were from the cabinets and dumped all over. The total damage was about $1,200.

"For someone to do that the children's classroom, it's devastating, because we don't even know if we have to the funds to replace that stuff ... especially during a time where funding is so uncertain," said Banks.

A similar sentiment was felt to the north at Highland Ranch Elementary in Carmel Mountain Ranch. Two Fridays ago, vandals took out seven windows, stole several iPads and Chromebooks and stole some medication from health office.

In the South Bay, there was break-in in the gym at Bonita Vista High, where a vandal earlier this month decided to break tables and use a fire extinguisher to damage the floor, causing thousands of dollars in damage. A similar damage estimate played out at Eastlake High, after someone broke into the bathroom and exploded fireworks in the toilets.

"We need to send the message that this is not okay," said Banks.

Anyone with information on these cases is asked to call Crimestoppers at 888-580-8477.