Vandals wreak havoc on middle school roof

A group of unknown suspects vandalized the roof of Diablo Vista Middle School last month, causing thousands of dollars in damages.

"The school discovered it and reported that unknown suspects climbed on top of the multi-purpose room at Diablo Vista vandalized the air conditioning system and vent work," said Danville Police Lt. Jeff Moule.

Between Monday, June 27 and Tuesday, June 28 the vandals broke several pipes from the air conditioning unit, kicked the system's cooling fins and broke vents and other sheet metal work. According to Sgt. Allan Shields, the broken pipes caused a water leak that damaged the structure.

Damages were estimated between $50,000 and $100,000, though school officials were not available for comment. The school district's insurance company is currently involved.

"Detectives looked into it and the case is still open but at this point there are no leads, no witnesses no suspect," Moule said.


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Posted by William
a resident of Blackhawk
on Jul 20, 2011 at 7:30 am

Wanton destruction of property is one of the most senseless of acts. Somewhere close to the school are parents that have among them some very destructive children. If parents in the area all ask their kids if they know anything about this and if they don't ask them to ask around to see if they can find out some information to assist the police in finding the culprits who did this. These are the times when it takes a village.

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Posted by Derek
a resident of Danville
on Jul 20, 2011 at 10:50 am

Sadly, it seems unlikely the little demon spawn will be apprehended. If the will was there by the parents, the police could probably find the perp's, but I would not take a bet on that. There are houses in the three cul-de-sacs that back up to the school property. With the racket these little maniacs made, you would think someone would have heard & seen what was going on?

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Posted by Donna
a resident of Diablo Vista Middle School
on Jul 20, 2011 at 2:58 pm

I happen to live "in [one of] the three cul-de-sacs that back up to the school property," and I did not hear anything. The multipurpose room is closer to Camino Tassajara and there are trees and classrooms that are adjacent to the 7-foot wall that separates us from the school. I certainly would have reported any "suspicious" noise coming from the school had I heard anything.

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Posted by C. R. Mudgeon
a resident of Danville
on Jul 20, 2011 at 4:20 pm

When reading the article I wondered if it might not be another case of "copper thieves". The main refrigerant lines for A/C units are usually made of copper. Unfortunately, the price of scrap copper (and even brass and bronze) is high enough so that people are motivated to steal electrical cables (from PG&E), copper phone wire/cables (from AT&T), copper plumbing from construction sites, etc.

But perhaps the damage suggested vandals, more than copper theft.

Just wait until the solar panels are installed over the parking lot. These will probably be very "attractive" to both vandals AND thieves. Surveillance cameras may not be sufficient deterrent.

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Posted by Bill
a resident of Danville
on Jul 22, 2011 at 12:13 pm

I live near a school and got tired of being the after hours proctor.
No disrespect for Danville PD but the fun began with the calls to dispatch at midnight and wee hours of the morning. Got tired of the BS with dispatch, specifically their adversarial attitude from a concerned homeowner just trying to do the right thing. I stopped calling and could care less what goes on.

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Posted by Julia
a resident of Alamo
on Jul 23, 2011 at 12:01 pm

Bill, if your statement is true and correct an investigation must be activated. The first place to start is with the Danville Dispatch, then move to the Chief of Police and then the Town Manager.

And another suggestion for the DPD. Place a reward out there for the low life's. Make the price the cost of damage and when they are turned in and they will be (money motivates) make the parents pay for the reward and the damages.

And a message to C.R. Mudgeon...what I have read about this matter does not suggest copper thieves.

Wild young local monsters running loose in the community.

It's sad and parents, you better wake up, most of the problem starts with YOU.

Thanks, Julia from Alamo

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Posted by Gaby
a resident of Danville
on Jul 25, 2011 at 10:57 am

The town hosts a lovely morning with the "Mayor" meeting on the first Friday of each month. This a great venue to bring up concerns as the mayor, city manager, chief of police and fire are all in attendance and very helpful.

The new solar panels are going to be an extremely expensive experiment if they are also vandalized. It will be interesting to have the school board list the monthly savings of each school power bill as proof this project is working as promised.

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Posted by Gracie
a resident of San Ramon Valley High School
on Jul 26, 2011 at 8:50 am

Wasn't just a few months ago that 3 youths were caught on another school roof a few miles away? From what I remember, they had spray paint cans and other items which meant they were up to no good, yet they were released to their parents with no charges filed.

See what happens when these kids get away with stuff? No "accountability" seems to be taught, now-a-days!

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