The Hillsville Police Department has located two juvenile suspects believed to be responsible for vandalizing approximately 30 Carroll County school buses with total damages estimated at up to $10,000.
According to Hillsville Police Department Detective/Sgt. Robert S. Martin, the police department was dispatched to the Carroll County Bus Garage at 400 Virginia Street in Hillsville at approximately 8:32 a.m. on July 16. Martin said Sgt. Jason Hawks and Master Police Officer Dennis Boyer arrived on the scene to find numerous buses had been vandalized, including several bus cameras and mirrors, along with the spraying of fire extinguishers throughout the inside of the buses. The exterior of the buses were also painted in dye, Martin said.
Detective Martin, along with the assistance of Captain James Alderman and Chief Wesley Yonce, processed the scene. Martin estimated the cost of the damages and cleanup to be between $5,000 and $10,000.
“That afternoon, two suspects that vandalized and damaged the property were located,” Martin said. “Both suspects were male juveniles, a 15 year old and a 16 year old. Charges are pending and the investigation continues.”
In total, Martin said approximately 30 Carroll County buses were damaged.
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