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Four teens cited for vandalizing Marina school

Four teenagers are accused of vandalizing a Marina school earlier this month.

Marina police said the teens spray-painted the school twice because they had nothing else to do.

“They were bored, had nothing to do, so they thought they’d mess up their former school,” said Cmdr. Bob Nolan, of the Marina Polce Department.

On June 5, a Marina High School student, two former students and one teen unaffiliated with the school came to campus and spray-painted walls, windows, the ground and murals, according to Nolan.

After staff spent four hours cleaning that up, Nolan said the same crew returned two days later and covered more of the campus in graffiti.

“A lot of it was just jibber. But there were images left, some that were inappropriate,” Nolan said. “They made references to past teachers and past experiences and, really, it was an attempt to get back at their old school.”

The four hoped they wouldn’t get caught.

“We think that the suspects were aware that there were security cameras, because what they did is they did try to conceal their faces,” Nolan said.

But it didn’t take long for investigators to figure out who they were.

Three teens were arrested, cited and released. One 18-year-old was booked into the Monterey County Jail.

It cost the school $7,000 to clean up the mess, and Marina police said they are not letting these teens off easy.

“We will be asking for the maximum of vandalism on this. It was extensive cost to clean this up. And to have school personnel, who would be doing other things, you know, during the summer break here, but they had to spend a copious amount of time, a lot of time, cleaning this up,” Nolan said.

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