Officials investigate graffiti at school |

Officials investigate graffiti at school

Staff Reports

Deputies and school officials are investigating graffiti found over the weekend at Piñon Hills Elementary School in the Johnson Lane area.

Principal Nancy Bryant called the sheriff’s office Saturday after an unidentified parent contacted her to report the graffiti.

Deputies found 11 areas at the school that had been sprayed with red paint Friday night or early Saturday. Red circles painted around the letter “A” were found in several locations. Two playground rules signs were painted over with obscenities and “LA resistance” was spray-painted at another location.

Conviction in a graffiti offense is a misdemeanor punishable by up to a $1,000 fine and six months in Douglas County Jail. In addition, the perpetrator – or parents, if the suspect is a juvenile – is liable for costs associated with the damage and may be required to clean up the mess.

— A 22-year-old resident of the 2000 block of Hot Springs Road reported April 10 that someone tipped over his 2003 Honda motorcycle, vandalized it, and stole his boots and helmet. He estimated the loss at $2,659.95.

The victim said he suspected his former girlfriend.

When contacted by deputies, the 34-year-old woman denied the allegation and refused a polygraph test. She said she didn’t know her ex-boyfriend had a motorcycle.