Teenagers arrested for vandalizing school property in Randolph County
RANDOLPH COUNTY, N.C. — Two teenagers were arrested in connection to several instances of vandalism reported at two different Randolph County high schools.
Dakota Thomas Smith, 16, of Pleasant Garden, and Tyler Randall Beane, 17, of Franklinville, are accused of vandalizing property at Eastern Randolph High School and Providence Grove High School.
On March 9, the suspects allegedly vandalized seven Randolph County School buses at Eastern Randolph High School at around 10 p.m. Authorities said they painted the buses with field paint and poured an oil-based substance inside them.
The suspects then allegedly entered the greenhouses on campus and turned on the water, which officials said was not discovered for 16 hours. Deputies said the damage is expected to exceed $5,000.
On March 16, the suspects allegedly vandalized six school buses, the field house, the football field and three vehicles at Providence Grove High School at around 10:30 p.m.
Deputies said they poured mulch and dirt into the gas tanks of the buses.
The suspects also allegedly broke into the field house and drove the school’s John Deere Gator through the vinyl fencing in front of the school and took it off campus.
They allegedly drove a school tractor throughout campus, causing damage to a garage door, chain link fence and football field. Deputies said they ran into the Gator with the tractor, flipping it upside down.
Authorities said they also tried unsuccessfully to hotwire a golf cart, causing electrical damage. Damages at Providence Grove High School are estimated in excess of $15,000.
Deputies said both suspects were charged with two counts of misdemeanor breaking and/or entering, two counts of misdemeanor injury to real property, three counts of misdemeanor injury to personal property and unauthorized use of motor vehicle.
Authorities said they were both placed in the Randolph County Jail under $1,500 secured bonds and have court dates planned on April 1.