The Liberty County Sheriff’s Office and the Liberty County School System are working together to find the person — or people — responsible for vandalizing two schools and damaging $21,887 worth of technology gear in Midway over the weekend.
The vandals also made off with about $2,300 in technology equipment, said Jason Rogers, LCSS assistant superintendent for administrative services.
“We do have some missing stuff, but this was more destruction than theft — lots of broken glass, lots of spray paint, graffiti, dumping stuff out, making a mess, basically, at both schools,” Superintendent Judy Scherer said. “I can tell you that it pretty much looked like a wreck. The destruction was pretty extensive.”
According to a statement released by Sheriff Steve Sikes, the suspects forced entry into Liberty Elementary School and Midway Middle School sometime between 8 p.m. Sunday and 6 a.m. Monday. They damaged office equipment, numerous doors and windows in several classrooms and one kitchen.
At both schools, the vandals gained entry by prying grates off the air-conditioning vents and climbing in, Rogers said. He received a call about the damage at about 6:45 a.m. Monday, and he believes that food service personnel were the ones who discovered the disheveled scene.
“Apparently these people had a heyday just breaking stuff,” Scherer added. “We’ve had (a few instances of vandalism before), but not anything like this that I remember.”
Three iPads, two digital video cameras and one laptop are among the items missing, but other items, such as a Smartboard and Flip camera, also were damaged.
The Midway Police Department and the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office both responded to the scene around 6 a.m., where papers and files had been tossed around, and a television and a printer were broken.
LSCO Chief Keith Moran said detectives are working closely with the board of education to obtain an estimate of the damage and identify stolen property and possible suspects.
Anyone with information about the incident should call the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office at 876-4555 or leave an anonymous tip at www.libertyso.com.
Correspondent Lewis Levine contributed to this report.