Two vandalism attacks in two days at Placer County school = $60K damage

Damage at Colfax High School this week
By: Gus Thomson, Reporter/Columnist
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Vandals hit Colfax High School hard this week, causing an estimated $60,000 in damage, the Placer County Sheriff's Office said today. ***

The Sheriff's Office is now putting out a call for the public’s help in finding those responsible for what it says are two separate attacks.

On Monday, an employee arrived at work and discovered that caulking had been applied to door locks and spread on the walls.

But there was more. A swastika was drawn on a window. Outside, sprinkler heads were broken off. And a football field goalpost had been pulled down.

In an effort to find evidence that would lead back to the perpetrators, technicians and detectives were at the school for several hours, the Sheriff's Office said.

But there was still more to come.

On Tuesday, the suspects came back to the school and snapped the damaged goalpost off.

The two crimes occurred sometime between 5 p.m. Sunday and 8 a.m. Tuesday.

Anyone with information about these crimes or the suspects is urged to contact Detective Spurgeon at 530-889-6958, or send us a private message on the Sheriff's Office Facebook page. Anyone with information but wishing to remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000 if the tip leads to arrest should contact Placer County Crime Stoppers at 800-923-8191 or online at

*** The Sheriff's Office later stated: "The school reassessed the damages and came up with a new figure of $5,000."