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Vandals smashed headlights, stole gas caps from Forsyth County school buses

Authorities are looking for suspects responsible for a streak of vandalism that caused several hundred dollars’ worth of damage to Forsyth County Schools buses during this past weekend.

According to a Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office incident report, on Monday a Forsyth County deputy was dispatched to Lakeside Middle School in response to reports that eight school buses had been vandalized in various ways at some point over the weekend.

According to Jennifer Caracciolo, director of communications for Forsyth County Schools, the total damage to the buses is estimated at $475 and will require replacing headlights that were smashed, gas caps that were stolen and vehicle tags that were ripped away.

Caracciolo said that the bigger takeaway from the incident is that the eight buses -- nearly $400,000 worth of district equipment -- were taken out of commission while repairs were done.

"In the interim, we are moving the buses to a more secure location and are making plans to further strengthen the security coverage of the bus parking in that area," Caracciolo said. "It's really not related to that school, it’s just that’s where we have parking, so it's a bus parking lot located next to Lakeside." 

Two other buses were similarly damaged the previous week, but no cameras were available in the area the buses were kept to catch suspects on video, the report states.

The report states that fingerprint evidence was obtained by investigators from three of the damaged buses, and one of the stolen gas caps was found nearby.