NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) - Newport News Police have arrested two suspects and are searching for another in connection to vandalism at a Peninsula school.
On Sept. 5, officers responded to Peninsula Catholic High School after someone reported a truck ‘doing donuts’ in the new athletic field. Lou Thurston with the Newport News Police Department said officers were not able to locate the truck right away.
A short time later, officers found the truck in a nearby wood line with a man and woman inside after receiving information on its location. As they spoke with the pair, a second man walked up. All three were issued summons for trespassing on school property and the woman was arrested for being drunk in public.
Thurston said further investigation revealed the damage to the field totaled about $15,600. Wednesday, warrants were issued for felony destruction to property, conspiracy to commit a felony and misdemeanor damage to turf for the three suspects: Dustin Robert Engstrom, 25, of Newport News, James Alexander Crawford, 28, of Newport News and Nicole Christine Vitantonio, 26, of Newport News.
Engstrom turned himself in to authorities Wednesday while Crawford was arrested at his home, but police have been unable to locate Vitantonio.
"At least he turned himself in so at least justice can be served," said PCHS soccer player Chad Goodman. "It's kind of sad that the other person is still at large, not turning herself in, not showing good character."
PCHS Principal Jenny Franklin said insurance covered some of the cost of the damage, but not all. She said explaining the situation to the school's soccer team -- whose first game would have been played the day the field was destroyed -- served as a very real scenario for life lessons.
"We talked about taking pictures and why you have to take pictures, and we talked about the fact that insurance doesn't cover grass and what we had to do," Franklin said. "So actually, yes, it was a little bit of a learning tool."
Anyone who may know the whereabouts of Vitantonio is asked to call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.
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