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Young vandals responsible for multiple acts of destruction

Elko High School Band Director Kaiti Gentry surveys the scene of vandalism at Elko High School that took place about a month ago.

Elko – Officials arrested three juveniles Sunday for several acts of ongoing vandalism.

According to Elko Police Lt. Ty Trouten, at around 2 a.m. Sunday morning a concerned citizen called police and said there were some suspicious subjects at Elko High School. When the officers arrived they saw three people dressed in black, one with a backpack. When the three saw the police they ran.

One suspect, a 14-year-old female, was apprehended and through the investigation they were able to identify the two others involved, 14- and 16-year-old males.

The three are responsible for two episodes of vandalism at Elko High School, destruction at the Mountain View soccer field, and vandalism — including a broken window — at a vacant building on Chris Ave., police say.

The damage on Sunday included breaking into a school van and stealing spray paint, a crime that constitutes auto burglary, which is felony, said Trouten. A fire extinguisher was also discharged in a building and on a bus.

An earlier incident of vandalism at school occurred about a month ago when authorities investigated an incident in the EHS band room. Graffitti was located throughout the room, several instruments were broken or damaged, and some supplies were strewn about the room. This occurred just before the state tournament in Las Vegas.

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The three individuals are responsible for all of the accounts of vandalism, according to Trouten.

“There is no issue or distinct motive other than going out and causing destruction and chaos,” he said.

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