August 18, 2017

Vandals face felony charges after marking school campus

Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help tracking down vandals who broke into a Cape Coral school compound, causing thousands of dollars worth of damage while on a spray painting spree.

Sometime between the hours of 5 p.m. on July 10 and 11 a.m. on July 11, an unknown suspect or suspects entered the locked grounds of Island Coast High School, located at 2125 DeNavarro Parkway, Cape Coral.  Upon inspection of the school campus, it was discovered that several walls, as well as a school owned utility vehicle, had been tagged with a variety of vandalism using black and red paint.  Security cameras, unfortunately, were not able to secure images of the suspects, but due to the extent of the vandalism, it is believed that the suspects were on campus for a substantial amount of time.

“Even though school was not back in session at the time this vandalism occurred, we are confident that the young adults involved have talked about this with other students,” according to Trish Routte, Crime Stoppers Coordinator.  “What these suspects probably thought was just fun and games is no joke at all.  They defaced school property, which cost a good amount of money to repair.  So that night of ‘fun’ will soon equate to felony charges once the culprits are identified and arrested.”

Total damage to the school property is estimated at $2,500.

Anyone with information on the suspect or suspects responsible for the vandalism at Island Coast High School is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS (8477).  All callers will remain anonymous and will be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000.  Tips may also be made online at www.southwestfloridacrimestoppers.com or by submitting a tip on the P3Tips mobile app. 

Note:  A series of photos of the vandalism are attached to this release.

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