Police charge teen with Alpenglow vandalism

Thursday, July 5, 2018 - 09:09
  • Someone caused an estimated $100,000 in damages during a vandalism spree June 30 at Alpenglow Elementary in Eagle River. (Star photo by Matt Tunseth)

Police have caught a teenage boy believed to have caused an estimated $100,000 in damage to Alpenglow Elementary School in Eagle River.

The Anchorage Police Department sent out a Nixle alert on Tuesday saying that “as a result of evidence gathered at the scene, APD School Resource Officers were able to identify the male teenager responsible for the crime.”

Police did not say what evidence led to the arrest or whether there were any other suspects in the case.

Police said the teen was contacted on Tuesday and charges were forwarded to the Department of Juvenile Justice.

The vandalism was discovered after police responded to an alarm at the school the night of June 30. Officers and school officials found major damage to the school, including at least a dozen broken windows inside and outside the building; smashed computers; at least 20 destroyed iPads; holes in walls; emptied fire extinguishers and numerous other acts of vandalism.

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