FRANKFORT – The damage caused by vandalism at Lincoln-Way North High School amounted to more than $5,000, authorities said.
Will County Sheriff’s deputies have arrested and charged three out of five juvenile suspects who allegedly vandalized the shuttered academic building. Deputies are continuing to search for two other boys who were reportedly involved.
Will County Sheriff’s Deputy Chief Dan Jungles said the latest estimate into cleaning up and fixing the damage caused at North was more than $5,000.
He said the suspects were able to get in the building by using a crowbar-like tool to pry their way inside. All five were captured on surveillance footage causing damage on at least two days in December, authorities have said.
Lincoln-Way District 210 spokeswoman Taryn Atwell said sheriff deputies have increased patrols at North and the surrounding area in response to the vandalism. The security at North is no different than at Central, East or West, she said.
The suspected vandals allegedly damaged multiple doors and door frames that were broken, broke a window and caused water damage to the building’s science lab.
They also allegedly removed several fire extinguishers and sprayed them throughout the building and auditorium. Clothes and keys were stolen.
North has been closed since the 2016-17 school year to resolve the district’s financial crisis. The Frankfort Square Park District has an agreement with District 210 to run activity programs at North, as well as provide maintenance and upkeep of the campus grounds.