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Teens jailed in connection to school bus vandalism

November 3, 2011

The three teenagers suspected of smashing $10,000 worth of school bus windows at Bishop Elementary School earlier this month were caught over the weekend after allegedly attempting a repeat incident on Sierra Street.
A 19-year-old man allegedly along for the latest adventure was also arrested.
Austin Cole Montgomery and three male youths ages 14, 15 and 17 were taken into custody early Sunday for their alleged role in vandalism on Sierra Street. The juveniles were also arrested in connection to the Oct. 21 vandalism at Bishop Elementary School.
According to Bishop Police Department, the four subjects were detained sometime after 3:09 a.m. when dispatch was notified of vandalism in progress in the 300 block of Sierra Street.
Bishop PD Public Information Officer Katie Coffman said the vandalism consisted of vehicle and trailer windows being broken.
As officers and Inyo County sheriff’s deputies arrived on scene, two male juveniles fled. Montgomery and one male juvenile were taken into custody while officers searched the fairgrounds and surrounding streets for the other two youths.
Montgomery and the male juvenile were taken to the PD. Further investigation “based on evidence located at the scene,” and interviews of the suspects eventually led officers to the other two juveniles. It was determined the three juveniles were the suspects wanted for the felony vandalism that occurred at the Bishop Elementary School Bus Yard.
School District Superintendent Barry Simpson previously said that six buses were vandalized by having windows broken with a club that bus drivers use to check for flat tires. He said approximately 25 windows were broken and a fire extinguisher was set off inside the buses.
Three “school-aged” male subjects were caught on surveillance footage.
The PD estimated the damage at more than $10,000.
Sunday morning, the 14-, 15- and 17-year-old were arrested for alleged felony vandalism with damage more than $400, in relation to the Sierra Street and Bishop Elementary School incidents.
They are being detained at the Inyo County Juvenile Detention Facility in Independence.
Montgomery was arrested for alleged felony vandalism for the Sierra Street incident only. He was transported to Inyo County Jail awaiting arraignment on the charge.
Coffman noted the PD was grateful to the Sheriff’s Department and Bishop residents “for their assistance during this ongoing investigation.”

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