PROSSER, Wash. -- : The Prosser Police Department is investigating Prosser High School's second vandalism and burglary in two weeks.
Patrol officers arrived and found that Wednesday night, a group of people broke into the school, and maliciously defaced it inside. The teacher's lounge had red paint all over it's walls, tables turned over, the TV was covered in paint and the refrigerators thrown to the ground. Three vending machines all had glass broken out and the hallways were covered in powder from fire extinguishers and paint.
On June 6th, Prosser was also burglarized and vandalized. Principal Kevin Lusk estimates the damage was roughly between $8,000-$10,000. The group threw food in the cafeteria and spray painted walls. Lusk says, Thursday's act will hinder students using the school for summer school and other school related activities.
Officer Mark Cole, with Prosser Police estimates the damage is in the tens of thousands of dollars. "We've got some good leads we've been following up on, working very hard on that case. And certainly we'll be integrating this case into that one too," says Cole.
The school and insurance company are offering a $1,000.00 dollar reward for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the individuals responsible.
Kevin Lusk says these acts are not a reflection the Prosser community. He says several upset people have called and offered donations to raise that reward and that students have volunteered to help clean up the mess.
Prosser Police and High School officials are asking the public to send them any tips they may have. And they can do so anonymously, by sending them to firstname.lastname@example.org or calling the police department at 509 786 1500.