Reward to find teen vandals who caused $13k in damages at Oak Grove Elementary

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Pictured above was a portion of the $13,000 in damages caused by vandals on May 14 and 15 at Oak Grove Elementary School in Peachtree City. Photo/Peachtree City Police Department.
Pictured above was a portion of the $13,000 in damages caused by vandals on May 14 and 15 at Oak Grove Elementary School in Peachtree City. Photo/Peachtree City Police Department.

Peachtree City police are looking for two teens who did approximately $13,000 in damages at Oak Grove Elementary School on Crosstown Drive during the nighttime hours of May 14 and 15.

The school is currently undergoing renovation work, with Peachtree City Police Department spokesman Chris Hyatt saying that the building was entered during the nighttime hours of May 14 and 15.

Police received a call on the morning of May 15 reporting the damage, which Hyatt said included discharging fire extinguishers around the building interior, busting interior doors, throwing and breaking jars of paint used by students on the floors, painting graffiti in areas of the building, damaging classroom whiteboards and building materials and driving a fork lift through portions of the building. The resulting damage totaled an estimated $10,000.

The two reportedly returned during the nighttime hours of May 15, dumping 5-gallon containers of paint in the hallways, Hyatt said, adding that the damage caused was estimated at $3,000.

Hyatt noted that parents might be on the look-out for shoes with fresh paint, since the teens walked through the paint they had poured on the floor, leaving shoe prints behind as evidence.

The company working on the renovation project is offering a $2,000 reward for information that leads to the successful prosecution of those responsible for the vandalism.

The investigation is open and ongoing.

Anyone with information pertaining to this crime is asked to contact Det. Sean Ishihara at sishihara@peachtree-city.org or at 770-487-8866, ext. 1327.