Two Arlington teens arrested in connection with bus vandalism case

ARLINGTON — Two Arlington teens have been arrested in connection with a vandalism spree that left more than 40 school buses with broken windshields and windows.

The two 17-year-old males were booked into Denny Youth Center in Everett on the charge of second-degree burglary.

Detectives from the Arlington Police Department seized a number items as evidence linking the teenagers to the crimes. The juveniles also confessed to the vandalism, which took place at the Arlington School District bus yard sometime between Friday, July 30 and Monday, Aug. 2.

One suspect was arrested in Arlington and another was arrested in the Seattle area on Aug. 5, said city of Arlington spokeswoman Kristin Banfield.

Both teens have a prior criminal history. It was not clear whether the teenagers were students in the Arlington School District.

Banfield said that the estimated damage to the buses is approaching the $100,000 mark.

The school bus vandalism was the first of three similar cases of property damage in Arlington.

That same weekend, approximately 25 parked vehicles were damaged in the High Clover Park and Heartland neighborhoods. Two other teenagers, a 13-year-old and 14-year-old, were being held in connection with that case.

Banfield said that 13-year-old is currently being held at Denny and the 14-year-old was released to his parents.

No suspects have been arrested in connection with an apparent BB gun spree that left seven vehicles damaged in the Gleneagle neighborhood.

The vehicles, as well as one house, sustained damage sometime between 11 p.m. on Aug. 3 and 5 a.m. on Aug. 4.

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