Tips help police ID Graham HS vandalism suspects


GRAHAM, TX (KAUZ) - Thanks to tips Graham Police say they have been able to identify the two suspects who were caught on surveillance cameras vandalizing Graham High School.

Graham Police released the footage to its Facebook page on Monday.

Police Chief Tony Widner said they received a lot of information in a short amount of time, adding it was social media that proved to be a helpful tool.

"Within two minutes we had started receiving leads, possible suspect, names and things like that," said Chief Widner.

He said thanks to these tips they will be able to quickly wrap up the case.

"It just turned out to be a really good ending to what could have been an ugly story," said Chief Widner.

A story Chief Widner said started Monday morning at 2:37 a.m.

He said around that time two suspects got into the high school through an unlocked roof access and spray painted graffiti on walls, doors and some items that are irreplaceable.

"The part that was the most damaging were some of the plaques and awards that have been won by students over the years that were on display," said Chief Widner.

Superintendent Sonny Cruse, with the Graham Independent School District, said the graffiti has been cleaned up and luckily nothing was completely damaged.

Chief Widner said he would like to express the Graham Police Department's thanks and gratitude to the Graham residents. He said they are always willing to lend a helping hand to make Graham a safer place.

"We're lucky that we live in a community where people take a lot of pride in their school, a lot of pride in their community as a whole," said Chief Widner. "Without them, this might have taken a lot longer."

Chief Widner does want to remind people who have tips for police on any case, it is important to message the police department privately or give them a call. That way no one is ever falsely accused of a crime on social media.

Police will not be releasing names of the suspects until their investigation is finished. They are investigating this case as a burglary of a building and criminal mischief. Both are felony charges that could land someone in prison for up to 20 years along with possible fines up to $20,000.

Chief Widner adds as they continue to investigate more charges could follow,

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