Lights & Sirens

Go behind the yellow tape with The News Tribune

NOTICE: Lights & Sirens has moved.

With the launch of our new website, we've moved Lights & Sirens.
Visit the new section.

Bethel schools maintenance workers helps crack vandalism case

Post by Debbie Cafazzo / The News Tribune on Dec. 12, 2012 at 6:14 pm with No Comments »
December 12, 2012 1:15 pm

School and law enforcement officials credit a Bethel School District maintenance worker for helping to end a recent rash of school vandalism cases.

On Nov. 16, a vandal began targeting the Bethel High, Bethel Middle School, and Shining Mountain Elementary School area. On at least five occasions, the vandal broke several windows at the complex, causing over $4,000 in damage.

Maintenance worker Jason Botsford’s diligence helped catch the culprit. School officials said he searched district surveillance cameras and provided a detailed video that allowed Pierce County Sheriff’s deputies to make an arrest.

In an email to the district, Deputy Art Centoni, said Jason’s ”duty to public safety and dedication is a positive sign of Bethel School District’s commitment to quality service.”

Another deputy and district School Resource Officer Vickie Morrison said it was “through his motivation and outstanding knowledge of his job, [that] Jason helped solve these cases.”

On average, Bethel Schools report about $1,000 in vandalism each month, which represents a major reduction over the last several years, school district officials say. They attribute the reduced vandalism to the immediate clean up of damage and graffiti, along with the efforts of local police.

Leave a comment Comments
We welcome comments. Please keep them civil, short and to the point. ALL CAPS, spam, obscene, profane, abusive and off topic comments will be deleted. Repeat offenders will be blocked. Thanks for taking part and abiding by these simple rules.

Follow the comments on this post with RSS 2.0