Nanaimo Mounties have arrested four teenage boys suspected of vandalizing two elementary schools.
The arrests stemmed from incidents Feb. 17-18 at Uplands Park Elementary School, where windows were broken and dog feces smeared on doors, and Randerson Ridge Elementary School where several more windows were smashed and paint was thrown on exterior walls.
Three of the four boys were arrested by RCMP school liaison officers Wednesday. Police arrested the fourth suspect Friday.
All suspects – one is 13 and the others 15 – attend a high school in Nanaimo.
In the Randerson Ridge incident, police allege the boys also broke into a nearby construction site to steal the paint that was thrown on the school’s walls. The cost of removing the paint and replacing windows at the schools is estimated at $1,000.
The boys were released to the care of their parents shortly after their arrests.
Police have recommended charges of one count of breaking and entering plus two counts of mischief against each of the teens.
Their first court appearance is set for June 7 at Nanaimo provincial court.