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School vandalism arrest in Calhoun County

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Climbing drain pipes and breaking windows. Vandals went to a lot of trouble to get into Alexandria High School to tear it up.
 
"They broke a lot of sky lights, windows, and toilets," said Calhoun County Sheriff Larry Amerson "They went down the hall to break trophies, absolutely senseless sorts of things."
 
Because they knew cameras were on campus, they also went to a lot of trouble to conceal their identities. They wore latex gloves and hoodies.
 
"They spray painted some cameras," said the sheriff.
 
But within hours of uncovering the mess Thursday,  investigators managed to identify suspects and get a search warrant.
 
Now, 18-year old Patrick Andrews,  a May graduate of Alexandria High, and 3 other juveniles are in custody. A camera caught the break-in and a big clue on the suspect.
 
"A hoodie that looked exactly like hoodie one of the suspects was wearing and we recovered that hoodie after doing a search warrant at his residence," said Amerson.
 
The search also uncovered computers stolen from the school in break-in back in February.
The motive for what the sheriff calls a sloppy crime? Amerson mimicked the suspect, shrugging his shoulders.
 
"What we normally get ' I don't know ? '  that's kind of senseless stuff we see. It goes in line with the type of crime , senseless, stupid what are you thinking ?"