Crime Watch

Jun 19, 2012 10:41 PM by Melissa Anderson MTN - Helena

Custodian, 5 former students implicated in Capital High School vandalism

HELENA - Charges have been filed against six people in the illegal access and vandalism incidents at Capital High School last month.

The suspects include five former students and a janitor.

After viewing surveillance from cameras the school district had placed at Capital High to test their usefulness, the school resource officer developed several suspects.

What was believed to have started out as a school prank turned into felony charges of burglary to criminal mischief inside the building.

The incidents occurred on two occasions, May 28th and May 31st, late at night, when suspects entered illegally and destroyed school property.

Sam Tielking, a 20 year old custodian, was working at Capital High School the night of the crimes and has been charged for providing assistance to the suspects who caused the damage.

The school district has indicated that the approximate damage, including labor costs, is around $6,100.

The charges range from accountability to burglary and felony criminal mischief.

Four of the suspects have been served with notices to appear in Justice Court; they are Grant Clark, Justin Roope, Quay Painter, and Sam Schmeltzer, all 18 years old.

Warrants have been issued for the arrest of 18 year old Corbin Fuchs, and also for Tielking.

The charges claim the custodian knew about the incidents and even gave the students the best time of when to come into the school.

He may also have provided a master key.

The suspects served are to appear in court tomorrow.

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