MT. JULIET, Tenn. - Two students, identified only as a juvenile and an 18-year-old, have been arrested in a vandalism case at Mt. Juliet High School.
Authorities said both were caught and charged with the vandalism that happened in the early morning hours of Thanksgiving.
Reports stated School Resource Officers found empty spray paint cans near the property Tuesday morning. That evidence led to the charges against the two Mt. Juliet High School students.
Their images were captured on surveillance cameras at the Mt. Juliet Walmart just before 2 a.m. on Thanksgiving as they purchased two face masks and four cans of spray paint.
The back window at the school was broken out around 3 a.m. The two suspects then went throughout the school spray painting obscenities in random areas. Reports stated they were in the school for more than an hour.
“The SRO’s at Mt. Juliet High School were diligent in their efforts in finding evidence that linked these two students to the crime,” stated Sheriff Robert Bryan. “Once we obtained the empty spray paint cans, we were able to track the transaction that was made at the Mt. Juliet Walmart Supercenter, as well as the identities of the suspects.”
Authorities confirmed the juvenile was charged with burglary and was taken to Youth Services with an appearance planned in the Juvenile Court of Wilson County.
The 18-year-old suspect was taken to the Wilson County Jail and booked on charges of burglary and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.