Flagstaff police are looking for two individuals who forced their way into Killip Elementary School early Sunday morning.
Although the damage was widespread, said Killip principal Joe Gutierrez, it doesn’t appear that the intruders stole anything; they did, however, vandalize the school extensively.
Over 20 windows were broken -- both interior and exterior -- as well as eight panes of glass from the trophy case. The trophies themselves had been knocked down, many scattered across the floor.
The intruders also gained access to one of the classrooms, where they had thrown desks and chairs across the floor and smashed windows. According to Gutierrez, the teachers lounge was also trashed, but the two vending machines in the lounge were left untouched.
The suspects also activated a number of fire extinguishers and sprayed fire retardant. It was the use of fire retardant that eventually alerted the school to the break-in by setting off the fire alarm.
Fire crews notified the police and the school of the break-in and with the help of a group of custodians from Coconino High School were able to clean up the space.
“They did a wonderful job,” Gutierrez said.
The custodians were able to clear the entirety of the damage as well as board up the windows by about 2 p.m. that day.
The school does not currently have estimates as to the cost in damages.
Video surveillance footage from the incident indicates that the suspects are likely teenagers or young adults; law enforcement is still on the search for both perpetrators.
Those with any information pertaining to the case should call the Flagstaff police department and ask to be connected with Detective Rucker. Individuals can also call the on-call detective at (928) 774-1414 or Silent Witness at (928) 774-6111.