AUBURNDALE (FOX 13) - It was more than just a practical joke. It was vandalism, and now, eight kids, from 12- to 14-years-old, could have to pay the price.
Auburndale's High School was vandalized over the weekend in the latest incident of it's kind. In the last month, vandals have hit a dozen times.
In the most recent incident at the high school, investigators said the intruders came in through unlocked doors and had a free-for-all. They spray-painted fire extinguishers, and stole walkie-talkies and a golf cart.
Using the school's surveillance video and leads, police arrested the suspects and charged them with felonies, including grand theft.
"They have no kind of parental supervision," remarked Auburndale resident Alice Diaz.
The vandals have also targeted vehicles in the parking lot. Cars have been spray painted with obscenities, and tires slashed.
Police said it appears several of the incidents were related. They say a 14 year-old they arrested is a suspect in another vandalism.
"One of the individuals we have arrested for the high school burglaries lives in a neighborhood where there are a couple of related cases, based on where they have occurred, knowing his history and some of the
things that he has been involved in," said Deputy Chief of the Auburndale Police Department, Andy Ray.
Ray said the 14-year-old was charged with felonies and other criminal offenses before.