Youth breaks in, vandalizes Harbour Pointe Middle School

Apr 10, 2014

A boy broke into Harbour Pointe Middle School on Wednesday night and vandalized it by spraying fire extinguishers throughout the school.

Police were called around 10:45 p.m. on April 9 to the campus on the 5000 block of Harbour Pointe Boulevard, said Mukilteo Officer Colt Davis. A security system had picked up sounds of broken glass.

The juvenile had gained entry by breaking the window of a door, Davis said. When police arrived, he had emptied the contents of three fire extinguishers, spraying them throughout the school.

His actions triggered the fire alarm and “potentially caused extensive damage” to the heating and air conditioning system, wrote Mukilteo police Sgt. Matthew Baron in a police report.

The estimated damage is about $1,200, and mostly covers the cost of clean-up, Mukilteo School District spokesperson Andy Muntz said. He said the HVAC system was "probably not" damaged.

"It did cause some damage to smoke detectors, but the biggest cost is in cleanup," he said. "Being vacation, the HVAC system was not turned on."

Police officers from Mukilteo, Edmonds, Lynnwood, Mill Creek and Snohomish County sheriff’s deputies, with the help of three search dogs, set up containment of the campus, Davis said.

As the dogs began their search, the boy fled from the school.

“He exited out one of the back doors, and one of the K9 officers caught him,” Davis said.

The juvenile was booked into the Denney Youth Center.

The Mukilteo School District is on spring break last week. School is back in session on Monday.

-Sara Bruestle

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