ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (KRQE) – First it was busted out car windows. Then it was shattered police windshields.
Now, Alamogordo police say vandals are targeting schools, leaving more than $10,000 in damages.
Alamogordo detectives said last week a group hit Alamogordo High School.
“Several areas of the high school had been damaged. Whether that be graffiti, several vehicles at the high school had windows, windshields, headlights broken out,” said Alamogordo Police Detective Sergeant Roger Schoolcraft.
Schoolcraft said vandals tagged chalkboards and more than a dozen walls inside and outside the building.
He says they used a hammer and a screwdriver to damage at least eight of the school’s cars.
They spray-painted scrapbooks and hit the school’s band bus, tagging it with cuss words.
But that’s not all. Just days before, police say someone tagged, broke out windows and burglarized La Luz Elementary.
“The young kids at this school could actually lose their sense of security,” said Schoolcraft. “They go to school and find out that someone’s broken into their private domain.”
Police think the vandalism is the work of teens because they didn’t steal anything valuable.
“We find it disgruntling, upsetting, disappointing that some of the youths in our community unfortunately have nothing better to do with their free time than going out and causing grief,” said Schoolcraft.
Police aren’t sure if the two incidents are related.