Thursday Oct 13 2011
Snack shack vandals causing havoc at Woodcreek
By: ToLewis, The Press Tribune
The snack shack at Woodcreek High School has been broken into six times since the beginning of the school year, causing more than $1,000 in damage, officials say. Woodcreek High School athletic director Mark O’Hair suspects teenagers are breaking into the shack at night, usually after a football game. “The (service) windows are boarded and bolted up during the time that we’re closed,” O’Hair said. “Kids are coming with tools and ripping that boarding off.” Police were first notified of the break-ins on Sept. 3, after an audible alarm was set off around 2 a.m., according to Dee Dee Gunther of the Roseville Police Department. “Officers responded and surrounded the area with the help of a CHP aircraft, but no suspects were located,” Gunther said. The next incident took place sometime overnight on Sept. 23 when someone forced entry into the same window and took about $250 worth of beverages, hotdogs, barbecue tools and condiments, Gunther said. The snack shack, which is operated by the Woodcreek High School Booster Club as a major fundraiser, is no longer stocked with anything, O’Hair said. “Over the years, there’s been times it’s been broken into, so we found it not very intelligent to leave anything in there,” O’Hair said. The latest incident occurred sometime between Oct. 8 and 10 when someone again damaged the plywood and window frame on the snack shop. This time, the damage was estimated at $400, Gunther said. “We don’t under any circumstances normally get things like this,” O’Hair said. “It is infuriating to any group of people who volunteer their time to make money to pay for all kinds of things, that someone is going to continually do this to them.” O’Hair speculated that the burglars are not looking for money, they are just bored and looking for something to do. O’Hair said the Booster Club is taking steps to catch the suspect or suspects, but would not disclose what those steps are. Gunther said most of the incidents have been reported on weekends when the football field is being used by either Woodcreek High School on Friday nights or the Woodcreek Junior Timberwolves, a youth football league which has games on Saturdays. “There’s been no evidence of alcohol or other drug use left behind by the suspects,” Gunther said. Toby Lewis can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @TobyLewis_RsvPT.