by Emily Waldrep
Deputies were called to the Chester School on October 12 in reference to a report of criminal mischief. Once they arrived and met with school officials, they determined that the school had received damage to the weight room building, profanities painted inside the elementary school and several broken windows and doors. Most of the damage seemed to be done with spray paint.
The school is equipped with a video surveillance system, but the person or persons involved in the crime were able to cover their face(s) and spray paint over the camera lenses.
Deputies obtained the video and are currently reviewing the footage to get some identification of the actor(s) in the case.
"We do have suspects in this case and we are following all leads to get warrants issued for the person or persons involved," said Sheriff Bryan Weatherford. "We would also like the public's help to gain any information."
The investigation is currently ongoing, and Tyler County citizens who have any information about the vandalism should leave tips with the Tyler County Sheriff's Department. No names or personal information will be taken.
"I feel confident that there will be an arrest made in this case," Weatherford said. "We want to make sure we get everybody who was involved in the incident."
Deputies believe the actor(s) are someone familiar with the layout of the school.
Call the Sheriff's Department at 283-2172 to leave an anonymous tip.