ALBANY -- Police and the Albany Unified School District are seeking the public's help after a rash of recent acts of vandalism at various district properties.
The Albany Police Department on March 27 posted the following on its Facebook page:
"Albany Unified School District is asking neighbors to report any suspicious activity to the police that occurs on school property after school hours. We are experiencing an unusually high level of vandalism at our school sites."
At this point there is no evidence the incidents, which are more severe than typical graffiti and tagging, have been related. The first happened at MacGregor High School early in the morning of March 21. According to Jackie Manibusan, AUSD executive assistant for support services, video surveillance cameras recorded someone wearing a hoodie who entered the school grounds at 12:27 a.m. and then climbed under one of the district's vehicles. The next day, a district employee noticed the school van was low on gas. When he filled it, the gas was leaking. It was then discovered that the gas line had been cut.
The second incident happened the evening of March 21 at Marin Elementary School. A fire was set in a trash can around 8 p.m. leading to about $608 in damage to some nearby wiring and equipment.
The third incident happened the evening of March 25 when another trash can fire was set at Albany High School. No significant damage was caused.
Manibusan said that there have been no arrests in any of the cases. She said it is unusual for incidents to happen in such a cluster, which is why the district is asking for the public's help.
Anyone with information can contact the Albany Police Department at 510-525-7300.