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Vandals cause $1,800 in damage to Fort Myers school

Posted at 11:08 AM, Aug 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-22 11:08:46-04

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Authorities say three suspects were caught on surveillance video shortly before vandalizing a school and damaging computers.

According to Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers, the incident happened August 1st, just days before the school year began.

The video shows three unknown black males walking around Franklin Park Elementary School on Ford Street, between 3:15 and 3:29 a.m.

The suspects initially approached the Head Start portable by prying the door open.  Once inside, they removed a Dell laptop computer, valued at $630.  In addition to the damage to the door and door frame, the young men also removed a fire extinguisher and activated it in the classroom, resulting in damage to three desktop computers.  The trio then moved on and kicked in three additional classroom doors, breaking off handles and door frames. 

In total, school officials estimate $1,800 in damage to the classrooms.

Anyone with information on the identities and whereabouts of the three suspects 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 texting a tip to CRIMES (274637) Keyword: REWARD.