After returning from a track meet this spring, a group of Perham High School distance runners went to the track to cool down.
As they arrived at the track, they noticed a group of kids taking off running. With a suspicion that something was wrong, the runners chased down the fleeing kids.
Back at the track, it was discovered that three expensive jump pads for high jump and pole vault had been cut up. While the kids the runners tracked down after the incident were later discovered not to have been responsible for the vandalism, information they provided led police to one of the suspects responsible for cutting the mats.
Three individuals have now officially been charged for the April 18 incident, David Tieman, 21, from Perham; Serena Weston, 18, from Perham; and a juvenile male from Las Vegas.
According to Perham Police Chief Brian Nelson, the estimated damage to the school property is $9,263.68, which classifies the vandalism as a felony. The three individuals involved are all being charged with Criminal Damage to Property, and have been given notice of their first court date.
"The juvenile has to go to court with his parents in the district in which he lives," explained Nelson. While the juvenile's court appearance will be in Las Vegas, Tieman and Weston will have their first appearance in court locally, scheduled for this July.
According to Nelson, the parties responsible for the vandalism to the track mats also did some damage to the announcer's box at the high school field.