Arrest made in BV school vandalism case, truck recovered

Friday, September 16, 2016

The Berryville Police Department has made an arrest in connection with the vandalism that took place at Berryville High School.

Police Chief Robert Bartos said a 17-year-old male juvenile was arrested Thursday after officers followed up on a lead in the case.

"Since the subject is a minor, his name won't be released unless he is charged as an adult," Bartos said.

Superintendent Owen Powell said the juvenile is a Berryville student.

The vandalism incident took place at about 11:15 p.m. Sunday night, Powell said. Someone broke into Berryville High School and damaged five to six glass windows and doors, several computers and a television, he said. Powell said nothing was stolen during the break-in.

He said the vandalism resulted in several thousand dollars worth of damage.

"The incident was strictly vandalism and destruction," Powell said.

He said high school principal David Gilmore, assistant high school principal Donnel Armstrong, school resource officer Craig Hicks and Berryville officers worked together to review surveillance footage and identify clues as to who was responsible for the vandalism.

"I want to compliment Gilmore, Armstrong, Hicks and the Berryville officers for a lot of hard work and time," Powell said. "Their hard work made it possible to find the student responsible."

The vandalism was one of two break-ins that took place at the Berryville School District last weekend. The first incident occurred early in the morning on Saturday, Sept. 10, Powell said. Someone broke into the school's bus bin, he said, and stole a red 1999 Ford pickup. The truck had several thousand dollars worth of tools inside it, Powell said.

Bartos said the truck was recovered in Boone County on Thursday morning. An individual was in the vehicle when police found it, he said, but they do not know if the person is connected to the break-in at this time.

"We're not sure if the individual was tied into the incident yet. We're working on that right now," Bartos said.

The incident is still under investigation.

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  • Well this kid is quite the genius. Ever hear about security cameras? They are everywhere. And what is a high school kid doing out this late on a school night? So much for parenting. Better stay in school if they don't expel you. Chances are your not going to do too well getting a job that pays anything.

    -- Posted by Gearhead on Mon, Sep 26, 2016, at 7:05 PM
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