Vandals damage school bus tires in Newberry Co. - - Columbia, South Carolina

Vandals damage school bus tires in Newberry Co.


Deputies are looking into who vandalized several school buses in Newberry County overnight. 

Newberry County Sheriff Lee Foster said a "considerable amount" of buses had their tires punctured in the Mid-Carolina High School parking lot. He said more than 100 tires on 21 buses were damaged.

School bus drivers noticed the damage when they arrived for their routes Monday morning.

"As we investigated, it looked more like puncture marks than a slash, like it was done with an ice pick or drill bit or something," said Foster.

Foster said other schools were impacted by the damaged buses: Mid-Carolina Middle School, Little Mountain Elementary School, Pomaria-Garmany Elementary School, and Prosperity-Rikard Elementary School. Maintenance crews from other districts were called in to help repair the damage.

"Fortunately, we have some great people who worked tremendously hard this morning to try to keep things as close to normal as we possibly can," said Bennie Bennett, superintendent of Newberry County Schools.

Investigators are working with the school district to determine the cost of the damage.

"Its going to be phenomenal amount of money that somebody is going to have to repay the government, and we will certainly seek restitution," said Foster.

Foster says they believe the vandalism occurred sometime Sunday night or Monday morning because when investigators arrived in the morning, some of the tires were still leaking air.

If you know anything about the vandalism, call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

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