Police are looking for vandals who shot out 265 windows at eight different Auburn schools with a steel BB gun, causing more than $25,000 in damages.
The Auburn Police Department said vandals worked on Sunday and Monday to shoot out windows at the different Auburn School District schools, the Auburn School District pool and car windows in a school district parking lot.
More than 100 windows at Auburn Riverside High School alone were damaged by gunfire, police said. None of the schools have nighttime surveillance cameras.
The Auburn Police Department is working with the school district to identify the culprits, and is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible.
With no leads, police are speculating one or more students may have been involved. Auburn Police Commander Mike Hirman is hoping if a student was the culprit, word of the suspect will travel quick throughout the schools.
"Kids make mistakes and I don't know anything about these kids, but I'm hoping we find out who they are and find out what their story is and why they are causing this kind of damage," Hirman said.
Some students at the damaged schools said they would keep their ear to the ground to find the perpetrator.
"I'm just going to keep my eyes out and if I hear something, I'll report it," said Auburn High School sophomore Elijah Fuhr.
Auburn School District has 24 schools.
Below is a list of the school district properties hit and the number of windows damaged by the gunfire:
- Olympic Middle School- 13 Windows
- Auburn High School- 38 Windows
- West Auburn High- 2
- Pioneer Elementary- 21
- Auburn District Pool- 3
- Auburn District vehicles- 3
- Mount Baker Middle School- 14
- Auburn High School (again) - 15
- Gildo Rey Elementary- 22
- Auburn Riverside High School- 101
- Auburn District Pool (again)- 10
- Auburn District vehicles- 2
Crews are working to repair the windows, but officials said it would take weeks to repair the damage. Police plan on charging whoever is responsible with malicious mischief.
Anyone with information can call the Auburn police Tipline at (253) 288-7403.