Juveniles admit to vandalism at NPHS

Four juvenile males admitted to vandalism done to the doors and windows on the northeast side of New Prague High School on Tuesday, June 11. Paint was also sprayed on the windows and nearby walls. The four are likely to be charged with criminal damage to property. (Patrick Fisher Photo)

Four juvenile males admitted to vandalism done around 1:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 11, to New Prague High School, 221 12th St. NE, and the skate park at New Prague’s Sliding Hill Skate Park. The park is located east of the high school across Columbus Avenue.

New Prague Police Chief Mark Vosejpka explained police received a report from the school at 6:45 a.m. June 11. The vandalism included profanity spray painted on the concrete at the skate park and a reference to the Burnsville High School mascot. On the northeast corner of the high school profanity was spray painted on glass doors and brick walls, and some glass windows and doors were broken.

Officer Ken Brooks conducted an investigation. He found that a Burnsville High School student lived at a rural New Prague residence. Police contacted the student, who had three friends over, also students at Burnsville. Officer Brooks questioned the four, who admitted to the vandalism.

A report has been sent to the juvenile division of the Scott County Attorney’s Office in Shakopee for processing of the case. The four juveniles could be charged with criminal damage to property, which is a felony.

The spray paint has been removed and the windows and doors have been boarded up. The estimated cost for repairing the damage is nearly $4,000.

"The details are getting the paint off the windowsills and getting the doors and windows to look like before (the vandalism)," said Lonnie Seifert, incoming principal at the high school.