Vandals caught on camera before ramming stolen cart into Cottage Grove High

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COTTAGE Grove, Ore. -- Security cameras caught two teenage vandals ramming a stolen golf cart into the doors of the Cottage Grove High School athletic complex early Friday morning, just days before students return to class.


The surveillance footage shows the two teens stealing a golf cart from the nearby Hidden Valley Golf Course early in the morning.


Cottage Grove High officials posted the footage on social media sites, hoping someone would come forward and identify the culprits who caused an estimated $25,000 worth of damage.


A work crew put up a temporary wall over the shattered glass doors Friday morning.


“The golf cart had been rammed through these doors behind me here and was actually stuck in the door,” said Krista Parent, superintendent of the district.


“The people that took the golf cart knew what to do, there is some way that you have to run the golf cart, push buttons, or make it work and they knew how to do it so they must have been familiar with it,” said Cottage Grove Police Chief Mike Grover.


The chief said nothing was taken from the school. He believes it was just juveniles being mean and says there is no rhyme or reason for it.


“You know really disheartening, this is just an act of vandalism, they didn't even come in and take anything they were just out to destroy the high school property,” said Chief Grover.


The school is offering a $500 reward for information that leads to a conviction in this case, and officials add that this incident won't delay the start of school next week.