Graduates caught in senior prank |

Graduates caught in senior prank

A senior prank at Tahoe Truckee High School Sunday night took an unplanned turn when the police showed up and broke up the shenanigans.Around 11 p.m., the teens – who had graduated one day before – broke into the school and spread condiments and flour on the floors, lockers and walls but didn’t get into classrooms, said Truckee police Lt. Jeff Nichols.”They made forced entry into the school,” he said. “They created a situation that’s pretty serious by doing that. That’s a felony burglary.” Police responded to the campus after someone reported that teens were entering the high school. Most of the estimated 28 teens scattered when officers showed up at 11:30 p.m., but three, who were on the roof when police arrived, were arrested and booked in jail by police, Nichols said.Earlier in the night, the graduates purchased approximately $100 worth of syrup, ketchup, mustard and flour at Safeway, Nichols said.”They were turned away by the manager,” he said. “They were trying to buy more, but the didn’t have enough money.”After police broke up the prank, janitors started the cleanup process and worked through the night. Tahoe Truckee High School had not submitted a damage report to police at press time.So far, a dozen of the teens have been charged and released on suspicion of burglary and felony vandalism. Nichols said police have 16 more names of student suspects. No arrest warrants have been filed.”It seems like the word is out and most of them are being cooperative,” he said. “They’re all coming in here on their own.”Nichols said he has heard that some of the students are on vacation this week.The names of the adults arrested will not released by police until all the students have been charged. The names of those who are younger than 18 years old will not be released.The teens are scheduled for arraignment on July 18 in Nevada County Superior Court in Truckee.Truckee High Principal Mike Finney could not be reached for comment by press time.

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