Thursday, September 13th, 2007 at 1:32 pm in Orinda.
Two former Miramonte High School students have been arrested in connection with an early morning vandalism spree Wednesday in which more than dozen classroom windows were broken.
Declan Johnston, 18, of Orinda and a 17-year-old boy from Lamorinda were arrested on suspicion of felony vandalism after school staff members recognized Johnston on surveillance video and tipped off police, Orinda Police Chief Bill French said.
A motive for the vandalism is unknown.
“I wish I knew,” French said. “I don’t know if they had a motive, or if it was knucklehead behavior. They did not provide a reason.”
Police received several calls about 2:15 a.m. from residents who reported two teenagers running through the football field toward the school. Minutes later, the witnesses saw the boys running along an outdoor walkway, breaking classroom windows with wooden 2-by-4’s, garbage cans and fire extinguishers, Sgt. Steve Andrews said.
Officers with five police agencies — Orinda, Lafayette, Moraga, San Ramon and the Contra Costa Sheriff’s Office — went to the scene, and some officers chased the suspects, who got away, Andrews said.
The school maintenance staff got an early call to clean up the shattered glass and board up the windows before the start of the school day. Classes were not affected.
The preliminary damage estimate by police is $5,000.
“This is a huge cost to us as taxpayers,” Zamora said.
— Malaika Fraley and Robert Salonga