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Teens charged with Pasco school vandalism

Published:   |   Updated: April 19, 2013 at 10:04 PM
DADE CITY -

Two 18-year-old Pasco High students have been charged in connection with vandalism at the school on April 12, according to Dade City police.

Dylan Wade Olney and Kendrick Alexander Stewart, both of Dade City, were charged with felony criminal mischief, burglary and trespassing.

Both were arrested at the high school Thursday morning.

On the morning of April 12, Dade City officers found that several walls at the school had been spray painted; areas of brick walkway also were damaged with spray paint.

In addition, a stolen Ford Taurus had been driven into the center of the school’s commons area between the lunchroom and library.

School employees also discovered someone had wedged toothpicks into the keyholes of several door locks with glue.

About 40 classrooms were affected, with an estimated $7,000 in damage reported by school officials.

The stolen vehicle had been reported to the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office about an hour before it was found.

The owner was contacted and went to the high school to recover it.

Police also discovered a vehicle parked in the student parking lot had been damaged; it belonged to a student who had left it overnight. The car suffered about $2,400 worth of damage.

Police said school resource officer Brian McDougal and detectives Joe Conrad and Tony Richardson followed up on leads generated from students and parents during the investigation.

Both teens were taken to the Dade City Police Department but refused to cooperate with detectives, police said.

The graffiti written on outside walls in the commons area made references to PHS, ZHS and 2013.

The initials presumably refer to Pasco High School and rival Zephyrhills High School, police said.

The vandalism disrupted the beginning of the school day.

Classes start at 7:35 a.m. at Pasco High, but police were still collecting evidence at that time, so students were not allowed to enter the buildings when they arrived on campus, school officials said.

Officials began letting some students in between 8 and 8:15 a.m., and by 8:40 a.m. all classes were in session.

By then, efforts to clean up the damage were well underway.

School officials learned of the vandalism about 5:30 a.m., when the school’s plant manager discovered it.

Olney was released from the Land O’ Lakes jail Friday on $17,000 bond. Stewart remained in the jail with bail set at $20,000.

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