Public’s help sought in NU locker vandalism |

Public’s help sought in NU locker vandalism

The Nevada County Sheriff's Office has released surveillance images and is asking for the public's help in identifying the suspects in a vandalism spree that caused $20,000 in damage to lockers at Nevada Union High School.

Nevada Union High School was vandalized Saturday night or Sunday morning, leaving lockers and hallways throughout the school in disarray.

Someone on the NU campus called to report the vandalism at around 10 a.m. Sunday.

Deputies arrived on scene and saw that every outside locker in J-Wing, C-Wing and D-Wing had been forced open and the contents of the lockers were strewn on the ground, said Sheriff's Lt. Steve Tripp.

NU principal Mike Blake said that lockers in the school's quad area experienced the worst damage; the total damage has been estimated at $20,000.

School Resource Officer Deputy Jason Clinkinbeard said Thursday he was still tabulating the losses reported by students, saying it was "pretty extensive."

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The thieves helped themselves to electronic items and clothing, he said, including athletic shoes, iPods and graphing calculators.

A review of the video surveillance footage depicted three unidentified men committing the vandalism and theft who appear to be in their 20s-30s, with one riding a BMX style bike, Tripp said.

During the investigation, it was discovered that there had been three people on campus the night before at about 9:30 p.m., who appeared to be checking various lockers on campus.

They were described as a white male juvenile, approximately 17-18 years old, very tall (approximately 6-foot-3); a woman who was approximately 5-foot-5; and an older man approximately 30 years old and 5-foot-7.

"We suspect those two males came back with another male," Tripp said.

He added that the men could be seen in the surveillance video "methodically" checking stuff from the lockers and tossing items they didn't want.

Anybody with information regarding this incident or who knows the identity of the individuals depicted is encouraged to call the Sheriff's Office at 530-265-1471 and request to speak with Deputy Jason Clinkinbeard.

To contact City Editor Liz Kellar, email or call 530-477-4229.

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