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Three arrested in vandalism at Prairieville High construction site

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PRAIRIEVILLE - Vandals smashing glass windows and spray-painting graffiti caused more than $50,000 in damage to the Prairieville High School building, which is under construction.

"When these kids do these damages, it costs tax payers money," Donald Capello, Chief of Criminal Operations with the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office, said.

Three juveniles were arrested on felony criminal damage to property and misdemeanor criminal trespassing, the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office said.

"We found out about some social media chatter that was going on and it ended up linking two juveniles, two minors, as suspects," Capello said.

The accused vandals who were caught are 15 and 16 years old.

"We do think there are a couple more people involved. We don't have their names yet- there may be some more arrests at a later date once we are able to get some probable cause," Capello said.

Sheriff Bobby Webre called their behavior "deplorable."

“Vandalism of our schools or any public facility will absolutely not be tolerated," Webre said in a news release.

The crime was discovered about 7:40 a.m. Tuesday. About 30 windows were shattered and several walls had graffiti painted on them.

School Superintendent Edith Walker said the school is working with law enforcement.

"We are committed to holding those responsible accountable for their actions and ensuring that appropriate legal measures are taken,” she said in a news release.

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