Roper Elementary School Vandalized
Lincoln police say officers and crews with Lincoln Fire and Rescue responded to a fire alarm at the school near South Coddington and South streets at around 3:00 a.m. this morning.
Inside, they found glass windows shattered, vending machines broken into, and ceiling tiles completely destroyed.
Police say clocks and displays were also broken. No exterior damage was reported.
Officials at the school say there were no electronics stolen or damaged and seems to be of no malicious intent.
Fire extinguishers were sprayed throughout the school. The dust from the extinguishers triggered the fire alarms at 3 am.
Officers collected evidence at the scene.
"The school was left in general disarray, which would require hours to remedy. Officers processed the scene for fingerprints and DNA and have asked anyone that lives within the area who may have video surveillance to call the Lincoln police department," LPD Public Informations Officer Angela Sands said.
An exact damage estimate has not been released this morning. However, a preliminary estimate is $10,000 for labor, materials, replacement items and repairs.
"School employees are working to put the school back together and to estimate the damage. They do believe that the damage is in the thousands at this point," Sands said.
Crews at Roper Elementary have been cleaning since 7 this morning and by 9:40am they have made significant progress. Crews are expected to finish this afternoon.
If you have any information about this case, call Crimestoppers at 402–475–3600.